For the first time in many years, the RM of Hanover is without a deputy reeve.
Bernie Stahn died on Christmas Day after a battle with cancer.
The RM council held a moment of silence and councillors and administration spoke of Stahn. Councillor Bob Brandt said Stahn was fair and was a class act. Councillor Darrin Warkentin called Stahn a true leader and said he respected Stahn’s ability to stay calm in stressful circumstances.
A byelection will take place for Stahn’s former council seat, although a date hasn’t yet been announced.
Reeve Stan Toews recommended the election date take place in late spring, as people would likely be back from holidays and the budget would likely have been passed before the new councillor assumes their position. A 50-day campaign is to occur before the election.
The decision of a specific byelection date would involve the RM’s Senior Election Officer.
Council also needs to elect a new deputy reeve, which is to take place next meeting, Jan. 22. Deputy reeves, Toews said, assume some reeve roles in the reeve’s absence, perform extra committee work, and attend some functions.
Injecting some humour into the proceedings, a councillor made a unique suggestion. However, the proposal to arm wrestle for the deputy reeve position was not taken up.
Stahn spent 15 years on the LUD of Mitchell committee before serving as a RM of Hanover councillor for Ward Two, which includes Mitchell and area, since October 2002.