The Mayor that held a reputation for being the youngest in the province and second in the country is stepping down.

Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold says he’ll be resigning from the position as of today.

“I’ve certainly enjoyed the last five years serving as the mayor for the Village of Burns Lake. It’s been a tough decision, but one that’s based on my personal life. I’m going to take some time to focus on our family company, pursue some educational opportunities, and most importantly spend some time with my family and friends,” said Strimbold. “It’s five years, five years of my life right out of university. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the work and great people I’ve had the opportunity to meet.”

He says he wants to help diversify the family forestry business EA Strimbold Ltd., and will stay in Burns Lake.

Strimbold touts the council, village and community’s accomplishments with projects like the new hospital and recreation facility, and how people came together after the mill explosion in 2012.

“I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunity to influence the local community…to really roll up my sleeves and be a part of the community and the Lakes District,” says Strimbold.

He became the youngest mayor in the province 5 years ago taking office at the age of 21.

Next week council will be tasked with starting a by-election at their Wednesday meeting to replace the mayor’s position.