POUCE COUPE, B.C – The Village of Pouce Coupe received a letter of resignation from councillor Donna White Thursday, effective immediately.
White is the second elected official to resign from council after Ken Drover stepped down in February due to controversy surrounding Mayor Lorraine Michetti.
CAO Chris Leggett says White did not state a reason for her decision in the letter but says there will be a by-election soon to fill the empty seats.
“We were already waiting on some info from the province following Drover’s resignation on how to conduct it while being Covid-19 compliant,” says Leggett in an email to Energeticcity.
The province told the village to wait until the April 21st council meeting before calling an election due to COVID-19 safety measure changes.
“The biggest issue is how we can protect the staff that must physically greet and verify ID for as many as 400-500 voting members of the public as well as physically count as many ballots that were touched/handled by the same members of the public. Additionally, if someone is sick, they, of course, still have the legal right to vote, so procedures on how we deal with that are needed.”
Leggett says there were suggestions to follow Fort St. John’s current by-election procedures, but the village only has five staff members.
“We risk exposing the whole staff to infection simultaneously as historically all the village office staff have had to attend the voting places to meet election rules and make it work.”
White ran for council again in 2018 after serving as a councillor for the village from 1993 to 1996. She held several responsibilities, including being the alternative representative on the Peace River Regional board.
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