Laracy’s a two-towner
Cupids mayor Ron Laracy is the elected leader of Cupids, yet works for the Town of Clarke’s Beach
It’s not every day that you hear of someone serving as the elected mayor of one municipality, and answering to the elected body of a neighbouring town because that’s where you earn your living.
But that’s the case for Cupids resident and Mayor Ron Laracy, who works full-time for the Town of Clarke’s Beach.
To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with the arrangement, and provincial government officials stress that those involved in municipal councils are free to work where they like.
But it’s a situation that has caught the attention of residents in both towns since Laracy became the water/wastewater operator for Clarke’s Beach more than a year ago.
Former Clarke’s Beach town councillor Frank Evely described the arrangement as a “ touchy issue,” but noted there’s been “ very little backlash from the residents, other than a comment here and there.”
So how does Laracy feel about being mayor of one town, and working for another? Are there uncomfortable moments?
These are legitimate questions, but we may never know the answers because Laracy refused an interview request. He would only say, “I don’t see anything to be interviewed about. There’s no significance.”
But it’s not uncommon to see the mayor of Cupids driving along a street in “ his” community behind the wheel of a pickup truck with the words “ Town of Clarke’s Beach” emblazoned on the side.
Graham Letto (left) and Peter Miles are conducting public consultations sessions throughout the province on behalf of the provincial Liberal party.