Christy Clark's chief of staff Ken Boessenkool resigns over "incident of concern"
B.C. premierChristy Clark has replaced chief of staff Ken Boessenkool after he "acted inappropriately" in an undisclosed incident.
"Earlier this month, the Premier's office was made aware of an incident of concern," Clark said in a statement this morning (September 24). "Since that time, a review has been undertaken that adhered to the processes set down by the B.C. Public Service Agency. Having considered this review, I accepted the resignation of the Chief of Staff."
Former B.C. Hydro chair Dan Doyle will assume the post, which Boessenkool took over from Mike McDonald in February.
Boessenkool is a former senior policy advisor and strategist to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who has lobbied the federal government on behalf of many corporations and organizations, such as Enbridge, SNC Lavalin Nuclear, and Taser International.
"Earlier this month I was involved in an incident where I acted inappropriately. I was wrong, regretted my behaviour very much and immediately and unconditionally apologized," Boessenkool wrote in his letter of resignation to Clark.
"Notwithstanding my genuine apology and sense of regret, and following my meeting with you earlier today I tender my letter of resignation as your Chief of Staff effective immediately," Boessenkool continued.
"This will give me a chance to return to Calgary to be with my family—who I have also let down—and from whom I have been separated on a weekly basis for most of the last eight months."
Doyle formerly served as deputy minister of transportation in the B.C. government and as executive vice-president for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
"As per British Columbia's privacy laws, no more details can be provided," Clark said of the events that led to Boessenkool's resignation.