Joe Branco resigns from Wetaskiwin city council July 20 UPDATED

Wetaskiwin mayor Bill Elliot declines comment after two-term councilor suddenly resigns

The City of Wetaskiwin has accepted the resignation of former city councillor Joe Branco.

Branco’s resignation from city council took effect July 20, 2017.

According to a news statement released July 20, “Joe Branco was first elected to the position of councillor for the City of Wetaskiwin in the October 18, 2010 municipal election. He was re-elected to his second term in office as councillor on October 21, 2013.”

When asked for comments, City of Wetaskiwin mayor Bill Elliot responded to a Pipestone Flyer email, stating, “He tendered his resignation, today. I have nothing else to say, sorry.”

The Pipestone Flyer attempted to contact Branco directly for comment July 20; however, by July 21 he had not responded to the Pipestone Flyer’s request for comment.

“The City of Wetaskiwin would like to thank Joe for his years of service, and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors,” said the press release.

UPDATE The Pipestone Flyer contacted the Municipal Affairs ministry July 21 to inquire about a byelection to fill Branco’s seat. The department confirmed that under section 162 of the Municipal Government Act, if the resignation occurs within six months of an upcoming municipal election, a byelection isn’t necessary and the seat can remain vacant until the regularly scheduled election.