EMBRUN – It came a day too late to be an April Fool’s Day prank, although many probably wish that it was.

Mayor Pierre Leroux has officially submitted his resignation from his position at Russell Township, effective April 19, 2024. Mayor Leroux will be stepping down to undertake the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with The Nation Municipality.

Whispers of Leroux’s departure began to circulate late last week, although it was not confirmed by Mayor Leroux on Facebook and by the Township of Russell on their website on April 2.

Leroux first became a member of the Russell Township Council in December 2010. He served as Councillor for four years, followed by over nine years as Mayor. In announcing his resignation on the Township website, he was praised for his dedication and commitment to the betterment of Russell Township, stating that his leadership, vision, and tireless efforts have significantly contributed to the growth and prosperity of the township over the years.

Russell Township CAO Richard Godin spoke of the township’s, as well as his own gratitude to Leroux. “As Chief Administrative Officer, I have complete confidence that our administration and Council will come together with unwavering dedication to continue delivering excellence in all our services,” said Godin. “On behalf of the Township, I extend our sincere congratulations to Mayor Leroux on his new appointment at The Nation Municipality. His leadership and vision have been pivotal in guiding our community forward. On a personal note, I extend my deepest gratitude to Mayor Leroux. Working alongside him for the past decade has inspired me to embrace strong and innovative leadership. Thank you, Mr. Mayor!”

In a letter to the Township, which was posted on Facebook, Mayor Leroux expressed his gratitude to the residents of Russell Township. “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the opportunity to serve, for your trust, and for the support that has made my tenure as Mayor an enriching chapter of my life,” said Mayor Leroux. “Russell Township holds a special place in my heart, a beacon of community and connection. I step forward into this new chapter with the lessons learned and friendships forged during my time as your mayor, forever grateful for the journey we’ve shared.”

In addition to his position as Mayor, Leroux is also Warden of the United Counties of Prescott Russell, and will be resigning that position as well, although a statement has not yet been made by The Counties.

Leroux’s resignation is effective April 19, 2024.