Jim Puffalt is out as Estevan's City manager, after spending nearly a dozen years on the job.
The announcement was made in a press release on October 9. Mayor Roy Ludwig said that Estevan City Council opted to let Puffalt go because Council wanted to move in a different direction.
"This was Council's decision," Ludwig said.
Council made their decision during a vote on October 8, and, according to Ludwig, the vote passed unanimously.
There wasn't one particular incident that led to Puffalt's dismissal, Ludwig said. But Council has been having discussions recently about Puffalt's future employment with the City.
A severance package is in the works, Ludwig said, since Puffalt was not fired with cause. Details of that package haven't been released.
Jeff Ward, who was recently hired as the City treasurer, has been appointed as the acting City manager while a national search for Puffalt's replacement occurs.
"All of our managers will help share the burden of this," said Ludwig. "Everyone will share the load until we get a replacement."
That search will begin immediately, Ludwig said. He expects that it will take a few months until a new manager is hired and on the job.
Puffalt declined to comment when contacted for an interview.
Puffalt was hired as the City manger in late 2001, after working in the same position for the City of Dauphin. During his time with the City, Estevan enjoyed significant growth, and the new Spectra Place events centre was constructed.
He was presented with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal earlier this year, after he was nominated by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. But there were controversies during his tenure, too.
Puffalt has been involved in municipal governance for 30 years.