A two-term serving City of Wetaskiwin councilor will tender her resignation soon, and it appears by-election will be necessary to fill that seat.
Patricia MacQuarrie signaled her intentions to resign in social media posts the week of April 22. Mayor Tyler Gandam acknowledge MacQuarries’s decision through social media, and had many positive things to say about her work as a councilor and her dedication.
In her Apr. 24 social media post, MacQuarrie explained her decision.
“Tonight, after eight and a half years on council, I submitted my resignation letter to our CAO to officially resign from my position,” noted the post on her city councilor Facebook page.
“Through a process that began in February, I have been offered a wonderful opportunity starting in May.
“I have loved my position on council and am proud of the work we have accomplished. My decision to move on was extremely difficult but I believe we are in a strong position moving forward with the current council and our committed staff.”
Contacted that week, the City of Wetaskiwin responded that council is awaiting official notification of MacQuarrie’s resignation.
“The City will be issuing a statement once official notice of Patricia’s resignation has been provided to City Council,” noted City of Wetaskiwin communications manager Ren Goode Apr. 25.
“This will happen at the next Council meeting, scheduled for May 13.”
According to the Municipal Government Act, if a resignation occurs close enough to the next municipal election, a by-election to fill the vacant seat isn’t required.
However, The Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer spoke to several city officials at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon Apr. 26 at Montgomery Glen Golf Club, and it appears a by-election will be necessary.