Town of Carrot River Mayor Formally Resigns

(Last Updated On: November 16, 2019)

Town of Carrot River Media Release – November 15, 2019
CARROT RIVER, SASKATCHEWAN – Thursday, November 14, 2019, Robert (Bob) Gagne, Mayor of the Town of Carrot River formally resigned from Council of the Town of Carrot River.

Gagne’s resignation letter touched on the reasoning for his departure, “…due to personal reasons, which I do not want to elaborate on, the time has come for me to resign as the Mayor effective immediately.” Gagne began his letter by stating “it has been a pleasure to serve on Town Council, first as a Councillor and then as Mayor for the past 13 years. I have worked with many Council members during that time period and will always remember their dedication and commitment to make Carrot River a great place to call home. I have also had the opportunity to work with 2 great Administrators and a number of enthusiastic and devoted staff that helped our team enormously during my tenure.”

Mayor Gagne was elected Mayor in 2009 and has now served 10 years at that position, he was first elected to Council in 2006. Gagne was proclaimed Mayor by acclamation in each election where he let his name stand (2009, 2012 and 2016).

Gagne and his wife Susanne, along with their sons, Kevin and Brian, relocated to Carrot River 21 years ago, when Bob took the posting with the RCMP in our community. They quickly came to love this community and are extremely proud to call this place “Home”. The Town of Carrot River plans to take the opportunity to formally acknowledge Bob’s contributions at a future Town function, where the Gagne family will be honoured for the legacy they will leave to our community.

Gagne has represented and guided the community through times of unprecedented personal and community tragedy as well as countless significant successes and triumphs for a community of our size. His steady, unwavering hand regarding creating and practicing fair and just policy, bylaws and procedures, his dedicated attention to a proven model of governance, his innate ability to manage crisis to the point that it is averted, and diplomacy at the Council table will be sorely missed.

Gagne’s departure leaves a vacancy to be filled on Council. The Municipalities Act prescribes that a by-election be held within six months of the resignation. The six Council members will elect an interim Mayor to act as Mayor until a by-election is held at the November 20 meeting of Council. Council is also expected to set a date for the by-election at either that meeting or the one following. The next general election of Council and Mayor will be held on November 9, 2020.

Due to the date of the resignation, The Municipalities Act DOES NOT permit the position of elected Mayor to remain vacant until the next general municipal election. Committee assignments will be temporarily backfilled by current Council members. The Town of Carrot River expects to issue a follow-up news release following the regular Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Town of Carrot River Media Release – November 15, 2019

Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News