Mayor Marcel Michaels of Hinton, Alberta, announced his resignation from his position to undertake a new challenge as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Village of Consort, Alberta.
The announcement was made through a heartfelt post on his LinkedIn profile, where he expressed his enthusiasm for the new role and thanked those who supported him throughout his political career.
"I'm happy to share that I’ve been appointed CAO for the Village of Consort, AB," Mayor Michaels announced on his LinkedIn account. This unexpected decision marks a significant transition for Michaels, who has been a prominent figure in Hinton's municipal leadership for the last 10 years.
Michaels, who was first elected Mayor in 2017 and later re-elected in 2021, has been a driving force behind various initiatives to uplift the town of Hinton. His commitment to progress and community betterment has been evident through his work.
In his LinkedIn post, Michaels expressed his gratitude to those who helped him navigate the intricacies of municipal politics. He emphasized the importance of a robust support system in a field as dynamic as this. "I want to thank those of you that have helped me make this transition into the administrative side of municipal politics. As many of you know, this field is ever changing and your success depends not only on what you bring to the table, but on who your support system includes," he wrote.
Michaels also conveyed his optimism about his new role in Consort, stating, "Looking forward to serving this Council and moving this beautiful community forward." His history of dedicated service in Hinton suggests that he will bring the same energy and dedication to his new position in Consort.
Michaels' journey in municipal politics began in 2013 when he was elected as a Councillor for Hinton. His ability to lead and his commitment to the betterment of the community propelled him to the position of Mayor, where he continued to make positive contributions.
As news of Michaels' resignation spread, the Town of Hinton moved swiftly to address the situation. It was officially announced that a by-election would be conducted within the next 120 days to fill the vacancy left by Michaels' departure.