Summerside Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall
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Bruce MacDougall cites health, schedule but will stay on council
After 18 years as the deputy mayor of the City of Summerside, Bruce MacDougall has decided to step down from the post.
MacDougall made the surprise announcement during Monday’s night’s city council meeting.
The veteran municipal politician made a brief speech in which he occasionally struggled to get out his words.
Council gave MacDougall a standing ovation afterwards.
He said later that it was a hard announcement to make.
“It was time for me, I just needed to get some things off my plate … there’s a lot there. And my family and brothers and sisters have been after me since I had my health scare to back off a little bit,” he said.
“I’m pleased that I’ve made the decision now, but it was hard to do tonight. I valued the role of deputy mayor and I’ll support the council and the deputy mayor going forward.
MacDougall was originally appointed to the post of deputy mayor in 1997, serving all that time under former mayor Basil Stewart. When Mayor Bill Martin was elected in November of 2014 he again tapped MacDougall for the job.
Martin said Monday that he was sad to see MacDougall go from the position.
“Bruce has been a huge asset. For me to appoint him as deputy mayor was a no-brainer, he’s a class act,” he said.
Martin said he expects to announce MacDougall’s successor in the coming couple of weeks and is aiming to have the swearing-in ceremony for the position in conjunction with the city’s New Year’s Levee.
MacDougall will continue to hold the position until then. He will also continue to serve as the councillor for St. Eleanors – Bayview.