RM of Headingley residents might soon be addressing their top elected official as ‘mayor’ rather than ‘reeve.’
At their Feb. 12 meeting, Headingley council passed the first reading of a bylaw amendment changing the name of the council’s head from reeve to mayor.
Headingley CAO Chris Fulsher said if the amendment passes at a future council meeting, Headingley wouldn’t be the first rural municipality to be headed by a mayor.
In fact, many municipalities lying within the region surrounding Winnipeg have already made the move, including the RMs of St. Clement, West and East St. Paul and Ritchot.
"There’s no change in powers," Fulsher said.
Association of Manitoba Municipalities communications co-ordinator Lynne Bereza agreed, and said, "It’s sort of an optics thing."
She added that members of these councils may feel the title of mayor gives their local government a more urban feel, which could be of benefit when they are dealing with people who aren’t familiar with the title of reeve.