South Glengarry’s Gravelle resigns for new job

South Glengarry Coun. Joyce Gravelle has announced her resignation to take a new job which would leave her in a conflict of interest. Gravelle made the announcement at the Tuesday, March 8, 2016 council meeting. (South Glengarry via Newswatch Group)

LANCASTER – Not wanting to pass up a new career opportunity, South Glengarry Coun. Joyce Gravelle is resigning from council.

Gravelle made the announcement at last night’s (Tuesday, March 8, 2016) council meeting in Lancaster.

“It has been a privilege for me to have served the citizens of South Glengarry at the municipal council table for the last 10 years. This time on council has broadened my understanding of the municipal process and has helped me better appreciate the amazing community we live in,” stated Gravelle.

“Unfortunately, I must reluctantly resign from council to take advantage of a career opportunity which would otherwise place me in a conflict of interest. It is a decision that I make with a very heavy heart. However, I will continue to fully participate in the life of our community working with various organizations and groups and as a volunteer,” she said.

The township did not disclose what Gravelle’s new job would be.

“Oh behalf of council and staff, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Councillor Gravelle for her outstanding contributions to our community and council over the past decade,” stated Mayor Ian McLeod.

South Glengarry will have a number of options under the Municipal Act to fill the seat, which it says it will deal with “in the near future.”

It can either pick the next person who received the most votes for councillor in the 2014 municipal election.

That would be Bill McKenzie, who also served as deputy mayor in the previous council.

South Glengarry can also hold a by-election or pick a member from the public at large.