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Town council moving forward after DeVlieger departure

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Taber Times

Citing a desire to contribute his time elsewhere and challenges working with administration, former Mayor Henk DeVlieger tendered his resignation from Taber town council earlier this month.

DeVlieger was one of seven people elected in 2013 to govern and direct the municipality, and leaves six individuals on council who will continue to be entrusted to make decisions and motions as per their duly-elected responsibility. Coun. Andrew Prokop is currently fulfilling the role of deputy mayor.

“Council thanks Mr. DeVlieger for his service to the town and wishes him luck in his future endeavours,” said Prokop in a press release.

According to Sec. 163 of the Municipal Government Act, if on the date the vacancy occurs there are less than 12 months before a general election, council can — either through a by-election or by council appointment at the next council meeting — select one councillor as the chief elected official (mayor) so the role can be filled.

According to administration, council will discuss the available options at their regular May 8 meeting. Until that time, the Town of Taber will continue on with, “business as usual.”

DeVlieger confirmed last week that his resignation as mayor also rescinds a previously-announced bid for re-election as the incumbent. The 2017 municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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