Og­den mayor re­signs

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Og­den

Joe Stairs, Og­den’s mayor since the last mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in 2009 , handed in his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to the town’s gen­eral man­ager, Renée Don­ald­son, and his fel­low councilors on

Mon­day.

“I have al­ways be­lieved in achiev­ing our goals through team­work, con­sen­sus build­ing and shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. How­ever, team­work means hav­ing and show­ing re­spect for those work­ing with you. Achiev­ing con­sen­sus means work­ing to­wards the res­o­lu­tion that all can agree on and then liv­ing with that de­ci­sion. Shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ties means some­one given the re­spon­si­bil­ity of tak­ing a de­ci­sion has the author­ity to do it.

The ma­jor cause for my present de­ci­sion is that I have seen pre­cious lit­tle of the above qual­i­ties demon­strated from some mem­bers of our coun­cil,” wrote Mr. Stairs in his let­ter. Also men­tioned in the let­ter as a source of frus­tra­tion was the in­abil­ity of Mr. Stairs to “se­cure our em­ploy­ees even their ba­sic cost of liv­ing in­crease and doc­u­men­ta­tion of Og­den’s em­ploy­ment pol­icy.”

Mr. Stairs was first elected to seat # 4 on the Og­den coun­cil in 2005. He was also the chair of Og­den’s Land Use Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee since its found­ing in 1988. With up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Novem­ber of this year, a by-elec­tion will not be called.

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