Applications open for South Glengarry councillor

The Township of South Glengarry municipal office on Oak Street in Lancaster, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – South Glengarry will be taking applications from interested citizens to be the fifth member of township council.

South Glengarry council approved an appointment process that will begin almost immediately with the municipality asking eligible members of the public to apply up until Jan. 7, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Interested parties will have to submit a letter of interest outlining why they want the job and also sign a declaration they are are eligible to serve office in South Glengarry as well as proof of identity.

A special council meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. where any applications will be reviewed and candidates will make a five minute pitch, before a final decision is made by council the following Monday (Jan. 17).

Last night’s council meeting saw Lyle Warden and Stephanie Jaworski take their oaths of office as they assumed the previously-approved appointments of mayor and deputy mayor respectively.

As for the council appointment process, Deputy Mayor Stephanie Jaworski says the process turns a “somewhat of a negative situation into a positive” by “capitalizing on people’s interest in what the municipality is doing.”

Under municipal law, council needs to complete the process of filling the council seat by Feb. 7.

The shift of South Glengarry council positions comes after former Mayor Frank Prevost, who was on a six-month unpaid leave as he faces criminal charges, tendered his resignation on Dec. 6.