Wetaskiwin City Council called for a municipal by-election after formally receiving notice that Patricia MacQuarrie had resigned from her position as councillor with the City of Wetaskiwin at their regular May 13 Council meeting.
As the halfway point in MacQuarrie’s four-year term had not yet been reached, the MGA dictates that City Council must call for a by-election to occur within 90 days of the notice of resignation in order to fill the vacancy. The by-election is currently scheduled for July 24, 2019—exactly 90 days after the City Manager received MacQuarrie’s resignation on April 25, 2019. Administration is seeking an extension from the Minister of Municipal Affairs to hold the election later owing to many community members usually being away over the summer.
“It has been a privilege to work with Patricia over the past five and a half years. She was a tremendous help when I was first elected as a councillor in 2013 and continued to offer her support after I was elected to my first term as Mayor,” said Mayor Tyler Gandam. “Patricia’s experience, hard work, and overall knowledge of the City and policy will be missed and leaves big shoes to fill. I wish Patricia and her family all the best and thank her for her time and dedication to the City of Wetaskiwin.”
Wetaskiwin City Council will continue to function effectively with no gaps in representation given that Wetaskiwin councillors are elected at-large.
Patricia MacQuarrie was first elected to Wetaskiwin City Council in October 2010 and served continuously as a municipal councillor since then.
More information on the by-election will be published at www.wetaskiwin.ca as it becomes available.
Submitted by City of Wetaskiwin