M.D. council vacancy – to fill or not to fill?

Decision deferred

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

M.D. of Lesser Slave River Reeve Murray Kerik’s statement (reported in the Sept. 2 Lakeside Leader) that council was probably going to decide against holding a byelection to replace Brian Rosche was perhaps a bit premature. At least councillor Brad Pearson thought so, and made his views plain right off the bat when council met on Sept. 9.

“It left me kind of disgruntled,” he said. “There’s time for a person to be chosen. I think we should.”

Pearson said he’d received more than one phone call from residents expressing similar sentiments.

Councillor Darcie Acton said she had received one such phone call. Her main concern, she said, was staff capacity to undertake an election. There’s a lot going on, including “a major leadership change. Admin. is taxed to the max,” she said.

Councillor Sandra Melzer was leaning in the same direction. The cost of a byelection, plus the time it would take.

“We may get a really good person,” said Pearson, sticking to his guns.

Pearson made a motion to table the matter for a couple of weeks, to give Div. II voters a chance to have their say on the matter. This was carried.

In the meantime, council appointed Acton as deputy reeve.

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