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Embattled Bowen Island fire chief announces retirement

Last Updated Jan 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm PDT

(Courtesy Bowen Island Fire Department/Facebook)
Summary

Chief Derek Dickson announced he will retire at the end of January

In October, all 26 volunteers with the department threatened to resign if Dickson did not leave his post

The announcement comes on the heels of a recommendation to 'transition to new leadership of the department'

BOWEN ISLAND (NEWS 1130) — The Bowen Island fire department is looking for a new chief, only six months after it hired its last one.

Chief Derek Dickson has announced he will retire at the end of January.

“Derek has decided to retire from the fire service to allow the department to have a fresh start with a new leader,” reads a release from the Bowen Island Municipality. 

In October, all 26 volunteers with the department threatened to resign if Dickson did not leave his post.

RELATED: Bowen Island firefighters threaten to quit if chief doesn’t go

A task force was formed to look into the “outstanding issues” between the chief and the department.

The task force did not find any cause to terminate Dickson but Thursday’s announcement comes on the heels of a recommendation to “transition to new leadership of the department.”