HCM MAYOR, COUNCILLOR RESIGN
7/14/2017 1:38:23 PM


Head, Clara and Maria Township is looking for a new mayor. Jim Gibson has announced he is stepping down. In a letter released to county council, the 73 year old Gibson says he was running out of time to do many of the things in life that he still wishes to do while in good health, so something had to give. Gibson's isn't the only seat around the table to be vacant now. A half hour after he submitted his resignation on Thursday, Councillor Debbi Grills also handed in hers, citing personal reasons for why she wanted to step away from the table. Gibson was elected mayor in 2014, and sparked much debate in Renfrew County shortly after taking his seat at county council, for his refusal to say the prayer that preceeded meetings at that time. Gibson's opposition to the prayer led to council dropping it from their meetings, opting instead to go with a moment of silent reflection. Head, Clara and Maria Clerk Melinda Reith tells myFM News that a special council meeting will be called, perhaps as soon as next week, to discuss how to replace Gibson and Grills. Council has an option to either appoint replacements or hold a by-election.    

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