Beale Resigns; By-Election Called
Trent Ernst, Editor
Before the November 6 meeting of council, a letter was read out. It was a letter of resignation from Doug Beale.
The letter read:
“Please accept this letter of my resignation as an elected member of Council for the District of Tumbler Ridge. I have certainly enjoyed my short term with this Council and appreciated the work ethic that you have shown for Council and your Community of which I will certainly miss being a part of. Our Community is moving forward into the future and I am more than confident this Council is up for the challenge. I thank you all for the contributions and experience we have shared and wish you all the best. I will share more information with Council when appropriate at which time Council will understand my decision, once again thanks for everything.”
Two days later, the news emerged: Beale had been offered the job of Operations Manager for the District of Tumbler Ridge. He will replace former manager Paul Hascarl and, more recently, Joe Friessenhen, who has been acting Operations Manager during the District’s search.
However, with the resignation of Councillor Beale, a by-election must be held. The nomination period will be December 4 to December 14, and Election Day will be Saturday, January 14.
Already, a couple prospective candidates have declared their intent to run on Facebook, including Crosbie Bourdeaux, who posted: “SO…. with the By-election coming up, I think I may run again for Council! Nomination papers due I think the middle of December so have a bit of time to ponder!” Garrett Golhoff has also expressed interest in running for the position.
As Bourdeaux says, interested candidates still have a couple weeks to consider whether they plan on running.
If you’re interested in running, stop by town hall and speak to Chief Election Officer Barry Elliott, or Angie Collison, Deputy Chief Elections Officer.