By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Legal – Town Council unanimously passed an updated Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) bylaw Tuesday night, a document that replaces a 1998 bylaw that has been used by the community for the 13 years.
Under the previous bylaw Legal imposed a requirement that its CAO live in the Town of Legal. That requirement is retained in the new bylaw, although there was some brief discussion among council on whether or not to keep it.
Legal Mayor Albert St. Jean said of all the data in the bylaw, it was the only thing that stuck out for him. Although generally in favour of his CAO living in the community, St. Jean questioned if the requirement may be a stumbling block down the road in that it could cause difficulties in attracting a CAO to the community.
St. Jean used the example of acting CAO Robert Proulx, suggesting if Proulx were to build an acreage three miles outside of Legal he would not be permitted to hold the position.
“Where do you draw the line of three miles out of town and the other side of Morinville,” asked Councillor Lisa Magara. “I like that they have to be here. They have a better sense of community.”
Councillor Trina Jones said in some communities where the CAO lives elsewhere there can be an impression among residents that a CAO does not want to live in the town they are running.
Councillors agreed to leave the residency requirement in the bylaw and gave it all three readings. Councillors Phil Hughes and Ken Baril were not present at the June 20 meeting.