Council appoints deputy mayor and board members
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Friday, Nov 08, 2013 03:18 pm
Airdrie City council appointed Alderman Ron Chapman as deputy mayor during an organizational meeting held on Nov. 4.
Chapman will serve eight months as Mayor Peter Brown’s deputy before handing the reins off to Alderman Allan Hunter.
Alderman Fred Burley suggested council follow the precedent of having the two most senior members of council serve as the fifth and sixth deputy mayors during his four-year term.
Under this format the order is as follows: Chapman, Hunter, Candice Kolson, Darrell Belyk, Kelly Hegg and Burley.
Each alderman will serve for eight months as deputy mayor as opposed to six months, in accordance with the change from three years to four years.
Chapman’s last term as deputy mayor was a year ago, as he stepped in during December 2013.
“I was in there over the Christmas season last year, so I’m familiar with it,” said Chapman.
“There’s a lot to do around that time of year and if the mayor wants to take any vacation time or anything I’ll be there.”
The deputy mayor is the second ranking official in municipal government; he or she takes the title of mayor in the event Brown is absent.
Chapman said he is a supporter of the format of having the senior members of council book end the two new members.
“You don’t really want to throw a new member of council in there right away, so it’s on the first two, myself and Alderman Hunter, to set an example for them as far as how a meeting is run,” said Chapman.
“For the last two, I think it’s fair to have the most senior members at the end because generally if someone is thinking of retiring from council it’s an alderman who has been there a long time, so it’s fair to have them in the deputy mayor seat near the end of their term.”
Newly elected alderman Belyk will be the fourth member of council to serve as deputy mayor and he also spoke in favour of the format.
“I think it’s fair to have the more experienced members of council get in there first to kind of show us the ropes a bit,” said Belyk.
Council also chose members to represent community boards at the meeting.
Both the Airdrie Main Street Square Board and the Emergency Management Board will have all six members of council on it as well as Mayor Brown.
Other boards and members include:
• Airdrie Library: Belyk, Hegg
• Airdrie Housing Ltd: Burley, Chapman
• Calgary Regional Partnership Executive: Brown, Hunter (alternate)
• Community Services: Hegg (chair), Burley (vice-chair), Belyk
• Environmental Advisory: Chapman (chair), Belyk (vice-chair)
• Financial Advisory: Brown, Chapman (chair), Kolson (vice-chair)
• Municipal Planning: Burley (chair), Hunter (vice-chair)
• Municipal Police: Hunter (chair), Belyk (vice-chair)
• Intermunicipal: Brown, Chapman, Kolson (alternate)
• Rockyview Foundation: Burley, Chapman (alternate)
• Subdivision and Development Appeal: Burley (chair), Kolson (vice-chair), Brown, Belyk, Hegg (all alternates).