By­elec­tion sched­uled for Dec. 6 to fill va­cancy

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He sin­gled out cur­rent coun­cil mem­bers and town staff for the work they have done dur­ing his ten­ure as mayor, say­ing vet­eran coun­cil­lors Bill Sey­mour and Ger­ald Green­land were in­flu­en­cial.

Lit­tle­john also men­tioned for­mer coun­cil mem­ber Den­nis Brown and long­time may­or­wilbur Sparkes, and for­mer town man­ager Ed Frad­sham.

“They took me un­der their wing, taught me the ropes and taught me the right and the wrong way of go­ing about things,” he said.

When he tried to thank town clerk Shirley Hawe, Lit­tle­john had trou­ble speak­ing through the tears threat­en­ing to fall down his cheeks.

“We’ve grown to­gether and we’ve fig­ured it out,” he said, turn­ing his head to the right. “Without Shirley, I don’t know where I would’ve been to when I sat in this chair.”

Lit­tle­john fin­ished his thank-yous with the peo­ple of his town in mind.

“I want to thank the peo­ple of Bay Roberts for their sup­port,” he said. “We are noth­ing with­out them.”

New mayor, deputy mayor

In a cer­e­mony in­volv­ing for­mer mayor Eric Dawe, Lit­tle­john handed over his chain of of­fice to his suc­ces­sor, Philip Wood.

Wood com­mended Lit­tle­john for the pas­sion he showed for the town and the peo­ple of Bay Roberts and wished him “ex­tremely good luck” in his new po­si­tion as Port de Grave MHA.

“There is no doubt there is no­body who can say Glenn did not have a pas­sion for Bay Roberts,” said Wood.

With Wood mov­ing to the mayor’s chair, a va­cancy needed to be filled in the deputy mayor’s spot.

Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously that long­time Shearstown coun­cil­lor Bill Sey­mour take over du­ties as deputy mayor.

By­elec­tion

The Bay Roberts coun­cil is now one coun­cil­lor short due to Sey­mour’s move­ment up the lad­der.

A by­elec­tion has been called to fill that spot for Dec. 6 of this year.

The Bay Roberts town coun­cil has ap­pointed for­mer deputy mayor Philip Wood (right, stand­ing) to the mayor’s chair fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer mayor and newly elected MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john (mid­dle, stand­ing). Also shown here are newly ap­pointed deputy mayor Bill Sey­mour (left) and for­mer mayor Eric Dawe (seated).

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