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No chance of a by-election

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

Dryden will not hold a by-election to choose Craig Nuttall’s successor as mayor.

Council held a special meeting on September 2 to discuss and consider what options they have moving forward.

It was clear early on into the open session that each councilor considered a by-election their last option.

Questions were raised about how to properly proceed with the other options.

On the option of appointing someone it was made clear that council, as a whole should choose a candidate, decide how to approach their choice and then ask them if they are interested. Councilors should not approach who they would like to see mayor individually.

Council was also unclear if Greg Wilson still wanted the position should they choose to elect the candidate for mayor who received the second highest amount of votes in the last municipal election.

None of the councilors threw their hat into the ring during the special council meeting.

After half an hour of an open meeting council went into a closed session. Interim mayor Martin MacKinnon addressed the public in attendance that they want to do what’s best for the community and a closed session allows council to speak their minds and mention names up for consideration. It was noted before they went to closed council that they were not allowed to speak about internal appointments during the closed session.

The issue will be addressed further at the next council meeting on September 21.

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