Barriere fire chief resigns amid police investigation

By James Peters / Chad Harris
October 19, 2016 - 11:09am Updated: October 19, 2016 - 12:19pm

BARRIERE, B.C. — Barriere Mayor Virginia Smith has confirmed the community's Volunteer Fire Chief Al Kirkwood has resigned amid a police investigation.

"Mr. Kirkwood has resigned as fire chief for the District of Barriere Volunteer Fire Department. We have an interim fire chief by the name of Rob Lennea. Our volunteer fire department is still up and running, and very strong."

Smith says investigators have not had any contact with District of Barriere employees, though they did seize computers belonging to the district briefly before returning them the same day.

Kirkwood has also left his position as publisher of the North Thompson Star Journal and Clearwater Times, both owned by Black Press.

Smith says she is aware of rumours circulating through the community.

"There are all sorts of rumours flying around, and I prefer not to comment on rumour. I don't have any facts."

RCMP have yet to comment on the situation.

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