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From Our Latest Issue: Mayor Rod Perkins Says Kindersley Is a Wonderful Community

By Joan Janzen

Having been a part of the community of Kindersley for the past 46 years, Mayor Rod Perkins has acquired a deep appreciation for this town. It was that appreciation that motivated him to run for mayor nearly four years ago.

“I officially became mayor the 26th of October, 2016. That was when the election was held. Time does fly,” Rod said. “For many years our firm was the auditor for the town and I couldn’t be involved in politics because of conflict of interest. I chose to be involved in things like the Junior Klippers and the Chamber of Commerce. But under the urging of friends and clients, I made the decision to run for mayor,” Rod concluded.

Even though the past few months have presented unexpected challenges, Rod has remained steadfast, and said, “Life has its ups and downs and you have to be prepared for that.” He also noted the challenging times faced by industry, “We’ve always been able to join together when issues get tough. We have the oil industry and agricultural industry, and are a wonderful community with those combined industries.”

“We (town council) started out four years ago and set up eight goals, and have ticked off all but one – the toughest one – downtown development,” he said. Those goals included getting the pool built, fire hall built, a lagoon system, waste management facility, and some smaller endeavours. “We got a lot of things done,” he concluded.

As for his day-to-day responsibilities, Rod explained, “I’m on call at the office and people can make appointments to see me. There’s lots of meetings – council meetings, committee meetings, and sometimes meetings with contractors.”

Like most people in the community, Mayor Perkins has spent a lot of time at home these past couple of months, where he said he tried to keep abreast of what is going on in Canada and the rest of the world. As a grandparent to twelve youngsters, he knows the importance of staying connected with his family, through all the avenues available. As well as going out for walks, he is also comfortable in the kitchen. “I’m not a chef, but I like to cook,” he said.

As for the future, he said it may be too early to tell right now if he will run for mayor again. “But I’ll have to make up my mind some time, and If everything works out, in November we’ll have a provincial and municipal election and I’ll get to do it all over again.”

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