Wood wants mayor’s chair
Littlejohn to officially resign at Tuesday council meeting
The man who has served as the acting mayor of the Town of Bay Roberts for the past three months is hoping to occupy the position on a more permanent basis.
Philip Wood confirmed recently that he would like to carry on as mayor for the remainder of the current term, which expires in just under two years.
“I have the interest and the time, and based on that, I am more than willing,” Wood stated Oct. 12, the day after Mayor Glenn Littlejohn marched to victory in the provincial general election, becoming the new PC MHAelect for Port de Grave district.
Littlejohn defeated his Liberal opponent by more than 1,600 votes, and is expected to tender his resignation to the Town of Bay Roberts at the Oct. 25 council meeting.
A special event is being planned that will include former mayors Wilbur Sparkes, George Mercer and Eric Dawe.
Littlejohn has served on council for 14 years, and has been mayor for the last six years.
Wood, a retired educator, was elected to council in a byelection in September 2008, and was named deputy mayor after his reelection in the fall 2009 general election.
He became acting mayor after Littlejohn began a leave of absence in July in order to concentrate on his campaign.
Littlejohn’s departure creates a vacancy on council, and will require a byelection in the coming weeks. But it’s unclear how council will proceed.
Here are some options available to council:
• make Wood the mayor, and call a byelection to fill the vacancy;
• appoint another member of council to the mayor’s post, and call a byelection for councillor;
• hold an election for mayor, and at the same time hold a byelection for any seats vacated by those who wish to challenge for the mayor’s job.
Wood said these options will not be considered until Littlejohn officially presents his resignation.
“But if council decides to pass a motion that I continue, I’ll be happy and content with that,” Wood stated.
Wood expects a byelection will take place before the end of the year.
“ We’d like have that new councillor or new person involved in the budgetary process in early December” he said.
If Wood becomes mayor, his annual remuneration will jump from the deputy mayor’s rate of $11,000 to $14,000. Town councillors receive $9,000.