10 year veteran resigning from Mattawa council

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Mattawa is losing a councillor that topped the polls last election with the resignation of Deputy Mayor Corey Lacelle due to personal reasons.

Mayor Dean Backer read Lacelle’s farewell letter to council to begin the meeting Monday, adding the popular official “served with distinction” during the past decade.

“As you all know,” Lacelle began the letter dated Nov. 26, “I love this town whole-heartedly” and he’s “forever thankful” for the support of residents, staff, and fellow council members.

There were “many triumphs … but also plenty of trying times” during his time on council, he said.

Lacelle garnered the most votes among council candidates in 2018 election. He received 489 votes, followed by Dexture Sarrazin’s 419.

After working “diligently for 10 years” on the many facets of the municipality’s operation, Lacelle said stepping down at this time “is the best decision for me going forward.”

Backer said Lacelle is an “amazing individual…who served with distinction and always took his role seriously and always in the best interest of Mattawa.”

Council will declare Lacelle’s seat vacant at the Jan. 11, 2021 meeting and then look at the options for filling the position.

Several municipalities have had to decide between the options allowed under the Municipal Act: hold a byelection, appoint the next candidate on the 2018 ballot or seek applicants, nominations for possible appointment.

Robbie Jones finished outside the winner’s circle for council candidates in the 2018 Mattawa election with 285 votes. former mayor Bernie MacDonald finished 31 votes behind Jones.

Dave Dale is a Local Journalism Reporter with BayToday.ca. LJI is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Dale, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca