The mayor of Windsor, N.S., has resigned after eight years on the job to take a new full-time position in Halifax. 

Municipal staff were notified of Paul Beazley's decision on Friday after he submitted his letter of resignation the day before. His resignation is effective immediately. 

"It has been an honour and a privilege for me to serve the citizens of my hometown, the birthplace of hockey, and I will greatly miss the daily interactions with the people of the Avon region," said Beazley in statement released on Friday. 

He'll continue his career as an appraiser, commuting from his home in Windsor to his new job at Property Valuation Service Corporation (PVSC) in the Burnside Industrial Park.

Voice for change

Beazley has been vocal on several issues that have affected the town since he took office.

With an eye on municipal reform, he's been outspoken on issues from shared fire services to conflicts over the town's claim to being the birthplace of hockey.

He says the timing of his resignation and the recent filing of an amalgamation application with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board is "totally coincidental."

Beazley said he's happy to have encouraged change for the town. 

"I feel good about this new opportunity at this time," he told CBC News on Saturday. 

Beazley will also be stepping down from the board of directors for the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the province's regional enterprise networks oversight committee.