The City of Brandon is announcing the resignation of Councillor John LoRegio, effective January 31, 2021. Councillor LoRegio filed his resignation with the Chief Administrative Officer, Acting City Manager Dean Hammond, as required by the Municipal Act.
Councillor Loregio provided the following statement to Mayor Rick Chrest, members of Council and to the residents of Ward 5 – Meadows-Waverly:
Mayor Rick Chrest, City Council and Ward 5 residents:
Effective January 31st, I am resigning as Councillor for Ward 5, Meadows-Waverly. A health issue has forced me to make this decision. Ward residents deserve a Councillor’s full attention which I feel I can’t provide at this time.
I would like to thank Mayor and Council for all the help this last 8 years. Most importantly thanks to the residents for your support and friendship.
All the best,
Councillor LoRegio was first elected during a by-election for Meadows Ward 5 on June 26, 2013 and subsequently reelected during the municipal elections of October 22, 2014 and October 24, 2018.
Mayor Rick Chrest provided comment on behalf of City Council:
“We are saddened to receive the resignation of Councillor John LoRegio. However, I fully respect and understand his need to do so. Right now, he should focus on his health issue. On behalf of Council and City administration, and the citizens of his Ward and the community at large, I extend our sincere gratitude to John for his many years of service to Council and this community. John has been a most ardent voice for residents of his Ward and has always been a well prepared and productive contributor to all matters concerning our City. We wish him well in all that lies ahead.”
Consistent with the Manitoba Municipal Act, when council vacancies arise with more than 12 months remaining in a term, a municipality is obliged to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy. Consequently, a by-election for Ward 5 Meadows-Waverly will occur in the near future. The City of Brandon’s Legislative Services department will convey details and timelines in due course.