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Executive Director of Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development Aubrey Brown, who has long made known

Executive Director of Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development Aubrey Brown, who has long made known his plans to resign from his role to pursue a business venture on the east coast, says he expects to provide a firm date for his departure soon.

Brown spoke of his intentions during the annual meeting of the board of trade, which took place on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Brown and his wife, Rhonda, have purchased a hospitality business in P.E.I and she relocated there in October to begin operating the business.

Brown said he anticipates joining her there in May, but will set a firm date later this month, acknowledging that “it’s a unique situation and somewhat awkward.”

He noted during the meeting that although the process to replace him has not yet begun, the board has already received many expressions of interest, which doesn’t surprise him.

“There’s so much happening,” he told the Independent later. “There’s a lot of energy in the community, and a lot of goodwill.”

Brown, his wife and their three children have lived in Stettler since 2006, when he joined the staff of the Stettler Independent. He took his present position with the board of trade in 2012.

To his family, he said, Stettler feels like home, as his children attended school here, and the transition will not be an easy one.

For now, and until the hiring process begins, inquiries about the position are being directed to Town of Stettler chief administrative officer Greg Switenky.