Taber, Alberta's First Term Councillor, Alf Rudd, has announced his resignation from the Council. The news was officially confirmed by the Town of Taber through a media release, which cited the Municipal Government Act requirement as the reason behind Rudd's departure.
Alf Rudd had successfully secured his position on the Town Council in the 2021 general election. Since then, he has actively served the community, working towards the betterment of Taber. According to the Municipal Government Act, individuals serving as councillors are prohibited from being employees of the municipality. Rudd's takes on his new role as the Taber Police Service's newest Victim Services Manager.
Announcing his resignation during the June 26th Council Meeting, Councillor Rudd expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Taber and acknowledged the tremendous support he received during his tenure. "I extend my deepest appreciation to my fellow Council members, the Town of Taber Administration, and especially the people of Taber for their trust and support. I have full confidence in the remaining Council members and the future elected Councillor to serve with dedication," Rudd said in the press release.
"The decision to resign has weighed heavily on me, but my unwavering dedication to advocating for victims of crime fuels my belief that I can continue to serve the community while providing an opportunity for someone else to step into the role I am leaving behind on Council," the outgoing councillor stated.
Taber Mayor Andrew Prokop said in the same press release expressed his sincere appreciation of the outgoing councillor, "We are grateful for his contributions and commitment to our community. We know Councillor Rudd's decision to resign was a difficult one, and we respect and support him during this time. On behalf of the Town Council, I extend our heartfelt thanks and wish him all the best as he continues to serve the people of Taber, this time as a municipal employee."
They have initiated the necessary steps to fill the vacant position through a by-election or other appropriate means as mandated by the Municipal Government Act.
Town Council will determine the date of the by-election at a future meeting of the Council. Following that meeting, Nomination Day, Advanced Voting, and all other legislated election dates will be announced via the Town's website.