Regional fire chief Kenn Mount will be leaving the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.
Kenn Mount begins his new duties on Jan. 1 in Sooke. He replaces Steve Sorensen, who retired last summer.
CSRD operations manager Darcy Mooney, said the district will be moving forward with hiring in the new year.
Mount’s last day in the district is Dec. 30.
His experience entails management and administration of 13 fire departments in the regional district, including coordinating training, fire prevention and departmental initiatives.
“I am excited about the opportunity to move to the West Coast and look forward to working with the excellent firefighters in the community of Sooke,” Mount said in written statement.
District of Sooke chief administrative officer Teresa Sullivan said Mount brings a wealth of experience to the fire department.
“His demonstrated success as a fire chief in a multifaceted regional district speaks for itself, and he will be an invaluable addition to the fire department and senior leadership team,” she said.