Council to deal with deputy mayor vacancy Aug. 21 meeting
Posted August 9,
For the first time since the 1991 amalgamation, New Tecumseth is
dealing with the death of a sitting member of council, deputy mayor
Jamie Smith, triggering a process guided by the Municipal Act for
In Mr. Smith's case, as deputy mayor, he also served as County
councillor, which is a key component considering the County weighted
recorded vote system.
The Municipal Act states "If the office of a member of a council
becomes vacant under section 259, the council shall at its next meeting
declare the office to be vacant, except if a vacancy occurs as a result
of the death of a member, the declaration may be made at either of its
next two meetings."
Mayor Rick Milne told Free Press Online this morning council is
scheduled to deal with the matter at the next meeting, Aug. 22.
The Municipal Act provides a 60 day window from the day a declaration
of vacancy is made, to either appoint a person to fill the vacancy, or
pass a by-law requiring a by-election.
A by-election is the least likely scenario since 2018 is an election
year. Council can appoint from within their own ranks to fill the
County seat. There is no requirement to name a deputy mayor for