Emergency services supervisor resigns

RDOS chair said it will not cause any disruption while they battle against flooding

The emergency services supervisor for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is resigning, but it is not expected to cause any disruption while the battle against flooding continues.

“I feel comfortable and don’t expect any challenges at all with the change,” said RDOS chair Karla Kozakevich who received notice on Wednesday that emergency services manager Dale Kronebusch was resigning. “We generally have things under control as best as we can with sandbag stations, the emergency operations centre set up and Mark Woods, who use to be in that position, taking over for now.”

Kronebusch confirmed his last day is June 15, a target date decided in early February. He has played a vital role during the past three weeks managing emergency preparation for residents and plans to mitigate flooding.

“I am sorry to see Dale go. He has been out there working weekends and nights through this all alongside the great support staff. He was always very responsive to any questions or concerns,” said Kozakevich.

Kronebusch said when he set the resignation date months ago, he had no idea the RDOS would be in the situation it is with high lake levels.

“I thought it was a safe date, because we would be through spring freshet, how could it be so long?,” he said.

Kronebusch said he doesn’t have a plan for where he will land next.

“I just knew that I wanted to get the folks here through the first spring freshet and have the time to get somebody else in here to get ready for the drought or whatever next comes our way, which could be fires or drought.”

— With files from Steve Kidd/Western News