Mayor boddez swears his oath of office Tuesday night after being appointed mayor by his fellow councillors. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The community has a new mayor, at least until the next one is sworn in after the Oct. 21 election. Councillor Gordon Boddez was appointed mayor Tuesday night during the Aug. 27 meeting of Morinville Town Council. He fills the mayoral vacancy left by the June 30 passing of Morinville Mayor Paul Krauskopf.
The discussion was the first order of business at Council’s Aug. 27 meeting. Deputy Mayor Lisa Holmes took nominations from the floor and Councillor Sheldon Fingler put forward Boddez’ name. Boddez was appointed mayor with a unanimous vote of Council. After being appointed mayor, Boddez was sworn in and resumed his regular Council seat and not the chair reserved for mayor.
Council previously held a special meeting in early July at which time they voted In a 3-2 in favour of waiting until the Aug. 27 meeting to decide who would serve as mayor, something the Municipal Government Act gave Council the option to do. At that time Councillors Gordon Boddez and Sheldon Fingler opposed the motion by Councillor Nicole Boutestein, preferring instead to appoint a new mayor at that meeting.
Will not run again
Mayor Boddez’ first order of business following his appointment was to announce he would not be running for any role on Council during the fall general election due to personal commitments.
“I will not be running int he next election,” Boddez said. “My intention is not to run primarily because of business reasons and I do not feel I have the time to be able to devote to this important position of councillor in the town that you need to devote to it. That’s my primary reason. My second reason is my wife doesn’t want me to.”
Boddez’ final comment generated considerable laughter among councillors and those in attendance at the meeting.