FORT ST. JOHN, B.C -The City of Fort St. John has appointed election officers for the May 15th by-election to fill Councillor Becky Grimsrud‘s seat.

During a special council meeting Monday, Janet Prestley, Director of Legislative and Administrative Services, and Bonnie McCue, Deputy City Clerk, were appointed as the Chief Election Officer and Deputy Chief Election Officer, respectively.

The Pomeroy Sports Centre has also been tentatively scheduled as the location where the election will take place.

Key dates for the by-election include advanced voting opportunities for residents on May 5th and May 12th. Special Voting Opportunities at Senior Care Facilities is set for May 13th depending on restrictions in place.  The City has an April 7th deadline to determine if special voting is possible.

Nominations will open to candidates from March 30th to April 9th.

The City says a local Public Health Official approved a safety plan which was required to use the Pomeroy Centre as a venue for voting. City staff have been working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs regarding the challenges of holding a by-election during a pandemic.

The City will make a formal request to obtain a Ministerial Order to make changes to some of the election requirements such as:

Council will review the order once received.

The City also released the 2021 By-election rates, which are:

Councillor Grimsrud’s resignation was received on January 13th following accepting employment as a health and safety assistant with the City.