Christine Burry new mayor of Cupids
Council selects Gordon Power as deputy mayor
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.