The Fire Commission in Sooke was established in November, 2015 (see bylaw 626), under acting mayor Kevin Pearson. After existing for just under 11 months, the District has announced that the Commission is being concluded.
Here is that release, issued today by the District.
OCTOBER 13, 2016
The District of Sooke Council, having completed an annual review, has decided to conclude the Fire Services Commission.
“Mayor and Council wish to thank the members of the Commission for their dedicated hours of research and commitment to the citizens of Sooke,” said Mayor Maja Tait. “Council moves forward more informed about the matters investigated by the Commission, which will prove to be valuable in the future.”
Mayor Tait said, “The hiring process for the new Fire Chief is underway. We are looking forward to having our CAO fill this position and working to advance the objectives of our strategic plan over the upcoming year.”
An audit of the Fire Department, according to the April 11 Council meeting, was to occur at some point in late April. Sooke PocketNews is trying to obtain the results of that audit, but as of the publication of this article, we have not yet heard anything from the District. Our emailed request to the contact person provided on the media release went unanswered.
At that same meeting (the April 11 Council meeting), roughly $192K was shifted out of the department’s budget. Councillors Logins and Parkinson voted against the motion (which passed) because the audited numbers were not yet available.
The Fire Commission was voted into existence at the November 23, 2015 Council meeting. Mayor Tait was absent, and Councillors Logins and Parkinson voted against everything having to do with Bylaw No. 626, Sooke Fire Services Commission Delegation Bylaw.