Chris­tine Burry new mayor of Cupids

Coun­cil se­lects Gor­don Power as deputy mayor

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Cupids of­fi­cially has a new mayor.

Chris­tine Burry was the town’s deputy mayor when Harold Ak­er­man re­signed from coun­cil last month. Coun. Dar­ren Ak­er­man also re­signed in early Oc­to­ber.

Re­main­ing coun­cil mem­bers agreed to have Burry take over as the town’s mayor un­til next fall’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion dur­ing a meet­ing held last week. She is a vet­eran coun­cil­lor with the town, hav­ing se­cured re­elec­tion in 2009 be­fore get­ting in by ac­cla­ma­tion in 2013.

Gor­don Power, who joined coun­cil in a 2014 by­elec­tion, will take over as deputy mayor.

Harold Ak­er­man cited gen­eral dis­sat­is­fac­tion with coun­cil mem­bers un- will­ing to move the town for­ward as a fac­tor in his de­ci­sion to re­sign. Ten­sions on coun­cil boiled-over ear­lier this year when the for­mer mayor in­structed the town clerk to call the RCMP fol­low­ing a heated ex­change with Coun. Mike Power.

Since 2013, there have been five coun­cil res­ig­na­tions in Cupids. Dou­glas Furey, Thomas Power and Ron­ald Edmunds have also re­signed within the last three years. Henry Hur­ley, who was among the seven peo­ple set to gain a seat by ac­cla­ma­tion in 2013, de­cided to de­cline the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cept a po­si­tion on coun­cil.

The re­main­ing mem­bers of coun­cil are Kevin Con­nolly, Mike Power and Fran­cis Walsh.

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