At the next city council meeting on May 27, council will set a date for a byelection and choose a Chief Electoral Officer. Sitting city councillors must first decide if they would like to run to replace Bernier, and in doing so, they give up their seat on council. If any choose to put their name in, the byelection will also include that number of councillor positions as well.
This will be the fourth byelection in the Peace Region since the November 2011 municipal election, after resignations in Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope and Tumbler Ridge.
Bernier’s resignation letter to City Hall and the community of Dawson Creek follows.
May 17, 2013
To City Council,staff, and the community of Dawson Creek:
Please accept thisletter as my formal resignation as Mayor for the City of Dawson Creek to officially take effect on Friday, May 24th. Although I am excited to take on my new role as MLA for the South Peace, this is actually a difficult letter for me to write.
I first ran for Council in 2005 because I love my community, and wanted to do whatI could to make it a better place. I believe we have been very successful in growing our community, inviting in record breaking investment, and developing projects that have gained us world recognition. These things can only happen when Councils have vision, and are willing to work hard towards those goals. I have been very fortunate over my three terms to work with some of the best elected officials in the Province, and it is because of team work, respect, and understanding of what each person brings to the table, that we have been able to be the envy of every other municipality. I have full faith that those ideals and the passion for our community will continue because we have a Council that truly wants to make lives better for the people of Dawson Creek. I want to say thank you to everyone on this Council, and the past Councils, for allowing me the opportunities that I have had. I have enjoyed every minute and have built friendships that will last a lifetime.
I also wish to say a special thanks to Jim Chute, and all the staff at the City. I have witnessed on a daily basis the hard work ethic and the devotion that you all have to your jobs, and to the people of Dawson Creek. It is a difficult job being in the public eye, and that is not only the elected officials, but all staff as well, and I believe the community is lucky to have all of you. I truly want to say thank you for all the times you have gone above and beyond the job description to make sure the job is done. Jim… You have not only been the best CAO that any city could have, but you have been a great sounding board and advisor for me personally. Your expertise, experience and guidance for all the staff and your execution of Council’s directions are another reason why we have such an amazing City.
Finally, I wish to say thank you to the citizens of Dawson Creek for your trust in me. It has been an honour to represent you as your Mayor and it has allowed me experiences that I will cherish forever. It has also led me to the opportunity to now represent you, and all of the South Peace as your MLA which I will do with the same passion that I have had as your Mayor.
I wish everyone the best, and I look forward to still working with all of you in my new role, and assisting the community in any way I can.
City Of Dawson Creek elected official – 2005 to 2013