Summerside mayor Bill Martin names three deputies

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE - Three years, three deputy mayors.

Summerside Mayor Bill Martin said Wednesday that three veteran city councillors, Norma McColeman, Frank Costa and Brent Gallant, will each sit as deputy mayor for a one-year term for the remainder of the current council’s mandate.

Gallant will be the first to take on the position, sworn in during the levee at City Hall on Friday.

“I selected them based on the fact that they have several years of experience on council,” said Martin. “Brent has served four terms on council, Norma has probably three, maybe four, and Frank, this is his second for sure.”

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The mayor said by appointing the three senior councillors to the position it will give a new mayor “people with experience to choose from” after Martin's term is complete.

McColeman will be sworn in as deputy mayor on Jan. 1, 2017, followed by Costa, who will serve in the position during the last year in the current council’s mandate.

Bruce MacDougall announced he was stepping down effective immediately at the December council meeting.

Organizations: Martin's

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • David Griffin
    December 31, 2015 - 16:43

    Congratulations to Councillor Galllant to be sworn in January 1, 2016. as our new Deputy Mayor. With your new position comes added responsibilities. Some seniors in the area of Hawthorn Avenue, Poplar Area have concerns about a commercia business operating on Hawthrorn Avenue which is a residential zone. I have been told this business is run by Mr Mellish and has in fact been doing so for a humber of years. Residents have complained to the City in person and in writing with no satisfaction. With your new duties could you look into this concern to see if any laws are being broken.

  • James
    December 31, 2015 - 12:52

    This one time Mayor ran an elec tion campaign on Fiscial restraint and jobs. He made no indication at the time this was a one term. He has not kept his promise on cutting spending as many trips have been made over the past yrs costing taxpayers thousands. His announcement of jobs in early 2016 will be interesting. We have so many business locations closing or relocating, he must know something we dont. It appears he took on a job he had no idea what it entails to be Mayor. Trying to please everyone and not making the tough decisions usually leads to disaster. The City is top heavy in management positions with little consideration for the ground roots City workers in most cases working with less. Mt Mayor should really bow out now, as it is impossible to have a vision with this type of management

  • Summerside Resident
    December 31, 2015 - 10:43

    This is just another move of our new one time Mayor to please averyone and take up the slack for him, since he does very little. How can an organization like this keep changing his deputies and expect to get good leadership. Mayors and Deputy Mayors in the past have years of experience. This position should change every fours years but certainly not every year. Other cities must be shaking their heads wondering just who is running our City. Hiring that comedian at budget negociations for $14000 was the biggest joke in Canada.