Brockton has decided to seek Letters of Qualification from the general public as the method to appoint a new Councillor.
Council had three options to choose from:
-To appoint the candidate in the 2018 Municipal election with the most votes without being elected.
-To seek Letters of Qualification
-To hold a byelection
Mayor Chris Peabody says Council felt Option 2 to seek Letters of Qualification was the best option as Councillors felt it would provide the most transparency.
Option 2 was also deemed the fairest as it allows those who may not have been able to run in the last election the opportunity to run.
Peabody adds to hold a byelection would be cost prohibitive as staff estimate it could cost up to 35 thousand dollars.
Brockton will now promote the vacant Councillor position through advertisements, social media and the Brockton Buzz.
The Letter of Qualification will be posted on Brocktons website and available to the general public.
Individuals that submit a Letter of Qualification will be invited to speak to Council at an open Special Meeting in mid January before Council votes on who the new appointee will be.
The plan is to swear in the new Councillor in January, prior to the budget deliberations which will begin sometime between late January and early February.
The vacant Councillor position follows the recent resignation of Councillor Chris Oberle who stepped down after taking on a new career that prohibited him from holding a position within public office.