Scugog to fill council vacancy through “open call”

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Published June 30, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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A letter (no longer than two pages), a completed application, proof of residency or land ownership in Scugog Township and a hundred bucks is all that stands between you a spot on Scugog Council.

Scugog is putting out an open call for “qualified applicants” to fill the Ward 3 seat at council left vacant by the resignation of Angus Ross, who is moving out of the Township with his family.

Ross was elected for the first time in 2018 and says it was a “difficult decision” to leave Scugog, adding that he thought Council “got a lot done over the last three years.”

Scugog Council could have appointed someone to finish Ross’ term or even called a by-election. The latter option was dismissed at a special meeting of Council this morning as too expensive at $25000 to $30,000 – unbudgeted dollars – and would also leave the election winner less than a year to serve before the next municipal election in November, 2022.

A “qualified applicant” is an individual who is:

• A Canadian citizen;
• 18 years or older;
• A resident, owner or tenant of land in the Township of Scugog, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land; and
• Not prohibited by law from holding office.

The term of office for a person appointed or elected to fill a vacancy is the remainder of the current term of Council. The current term of Council ends on November 14, 2022.

Council will decide the winning applicant at a special council meeting set for August 9.

Each applicant/candidate will provide a five-minute presentation to Council, followed by questions from members of Council. In the interest of time, each member of Council will be permitted to ask each applicant one question. The order of presentations will be determined alphabetically based on the applicants last name starting with A through to Z.

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