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Published on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Council looking for resident to fill Ward 4's vacant seat

Nominees must apply before 4:30 p.m. April 27

Council looking for resident to fill Ward 4's vacant seat
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Oakville Town Hall
The Town of Oakville is looking for someone to fill the role of Ward 4 town councillor.

Oakville council voted to declare the seat vacant during their Tuesday, April 3 meeting.

The move follows the sudden resignation of Roger Lapworth, who held the seat since 2006.

Lapworth announced his resignation last week citing personal reasons.

“We’re past the point where the law allows us to have a byelection and before the point where we would be allowed to leave it vacant. You only have one choice and that is to appoint.”
— Oakville Mayor Rob Burton

With a municipal election coming on Oct. 22, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton noted that the timing of the resignation means the position can only be filled by appointment.

“We’re past the point where the law allows us to have a byelection and before the point where we would be allowed to leave it vacant,” said Burton.

“You only have one choice and that is to appoint.”

With the seat now vacant council has 60 days to appoint someone to the position.

Town staff noted those interested in filling the vacant seat can pick up nomination packages at the clerk’s office in town hall and online at elections.oakville.ca beginning Friday, April 6.

An information session will be offered on April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for potential nominees and will be made available for all interested candidates on the town’s website after that date.

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All interested persons will be required to submit a nomination form and supporting documentation such as a resume or expression of interest.

All documents submitted as part of the application will become part of the public record and will be included as part of the agenda of a special council meeting, which will be held May 7 at town hall to deal with filling the vacant Ward 4 seat.

To apply for the role, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older and legally permitted to vote and hold municipal office.

Candidates must live, own or rent property in Oakville or be the spouse of an owner or renter.

They must also submit 25 declarations of endorsement with their nomination forms.

Applications will be accepted beginning April 13 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday April 27.

During the May 7 meeting each applicant will have five minutes to explain why he or she is the best candidate for the position.

Council will then vote to appoint the successful candidate to fill the vacancy.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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