Brock Township voters will be heading to the polls to fill the vacant mayoral seat.
A by-election was one of four options presented to council on Monday (Feb. 22), though the other three would have seen the position filled by appointment — of a qualified applicant, member of council or candidate in the 2018 municipal election.
Members of council unanimously supported holding a by-election, with several noting that it was the most democratic method to fill the seat.
“People overwhelmingly want a by-election,” said Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb.
“The residents deserve to pick their mayor – six members of council should not be deciding who our mayor is,” added Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble.
Prior to the vote, Regional Councillor Ted Smith acknowledged that he planned on running if council opted for a by-election.
The seat was formally declared vacant by council on Feb. 1 following the death of mayor Debbie Bath Hadden nearly two weeks prior.
A STAFF REPORT lays out a rough timeline for a by-election, with nominations opening on March 23 leading to a vote on June 18.
It’s estimated to cost between $40,000 and $50,000 at a minimum.
“We’re not sure what obstacles we may run into given the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Clerk Becky Jamieson.
A formal bylaw will be brought forward at the March 22 meeting.