Gore’s deputy mayor Stewart MacDonell resigns after call to fire him

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Gore District mayor Ben Bell (left) with Stewart MacDonell. Photo / Sandy Eggleston

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Gore District deputy mayor Stewart MacDonell has resigned from the role.

The Gore District Council advised of the news in a statement this evening.

MacDonell said he respected the recent requisition, signed by seven councillors, calling for him to step down.

“We have a lot of challenges in front of us. I want to see this Council move forward and work collectively for the betterment of the District.”

Gore District Mayor Ben Bell said he would recommend a new deputy mayor for the Council’s approval at the next meeting, on Tuesday, December 13.

Bell said the workshop to talk about the governance structure was constructive and gave staff a better understanding of what elected members wanted.

“We had an open and honest discussion, touching on matters such as the frequency of meetings, the purpose of committees and potential structures.”

He said the staff would prepare a report for consideration at a future meeting.

The resignation of the deputy mayor means the extraordinary council meeting, scheduled for December 15, is redundant.

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