VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The chief of staff for Premier Christy Clark has resigned after admitting he “acted inappropriately.”

But Christy Clark will not say specifically what Ken Boessenkool did, citing privacy concerns.

“But what I can tell you is this, is that the premier’s office was made aware of an incident of concern that occurred about two weeks ago,” says Clark at a hastily-called news conference in Vancouver today.  “A review immediately began and that review followed the processes that are set out and laid down by BC’s Public Service Agency, followed them to the letter.”

Clark repeatedly declined to say what Boessenkool had done.

In his resignation letter dated Sunday, September 23rd, Boessenkool admits he was involved in an incident earlier this month where he “acted inappropriately.”

“I was wrong, regretted my behaviour very much and immediately and unconditionally apologized,” the letter reads.

Boessenkool says he will return to Calgary to be with his 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.”

Boessenkool was appointed Clark’s Chief of Staff in January, having served as an advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a Conservative election strategist and a lobbyist for Enbridge and Taser International.

Premier Clark has now appointed longtime civil servant and BC Hydro chair Dan Doyle as her new Chief of Staff.

Clark says the incident involving Boessenkool was completely unexpected, but the review was done quickly and there is no suggestion of criminal conduct. “It was done fairly and… these processes are never easy. It was done right, it was done fast, and I made my decision accordingly.”

When asked whether Boessenkool volunteered to resign or she asked him to, Clark would not be overly specific. “He and I agreed that he should resign and… when I sat down with Ken… I knew that he would have to resign and he agreed that that was the right course to take.”

As for the impact on the Liberals’ struggling popularity ahead of the May 2013 provincial election, Clark says her team is looking ahead. “We are not missing a beat. We are staying focused on the economy and jobs.”

Ken Boessenkool’s letter of resignation (courtesy of BC Liberals)

Premier:

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.

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.

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.

I have been very proud to be at your side and proud of what I helped the team accomplish. Nothing should stand in the way of your successful leadership and the accomplishments of your government in creating jobs and making family life affordable.

I wish you the very best.

Sincerely,
Ken Boessenkool