City of Grande PrairieMedia Release: City Council Selects Councillor Jackie Clayton as Mayor for Remainder of Term
Grande Prairie City Council have appointed Councillor Jackie Clayton as Mayor and Chief Elected Official for the remainder of the Council term. The next general municipal election will be held on October 18, 2021.The decision comes after former Mayor Bill Given resigned on December 31, 2020 to take on a new position as the Chief Administrative Officer in the Municipality of Jasper.
The Municipal Government Act and City Bylaws provided guidance on how to proceed. Options included a byelection or the appointment of one or more Councillors to fulfil the duties of the Chief Elected Official. As the general municipal election is only 10 months away and a byelection would cost between $150,000 and $200,000 and not be concluded until March, Council made the decision to proceed with a selection of Mayor from the membership of the elected Council.