The Mayor of Vernon has decided not to run in the upcoming municipal election.
In an announcement made Thursday morning, Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he made the tough decision after discussions with his family.
“While I very much appreciate the chance I have had to serve the community, I feel that the demands of the mayor’s position are better suited to someone who is a bit younger than I am. We have grown to the size where the needs of the community take up many evenings and weekends and involve a considerable time commitment,” explains Sawatzky of his decision.
He adds that his decision was made easier by the knowledge of a “highly qualified candidate who is seriously considering running for mayor.”
Sawatzky does not name this mystery candidate, but notes this person has the right set of skills, according to him, to be a successful Mayor.
“This person has years of experience in economic development, in dealing with various levels of government, is a skilled facilitator and has the energy, commitment, and desire to serve our community well,” writes Sawatzky.
He adds that he is grateful to the citizens of Vernon and the opportunity he has had to serve as Mayor.
As of July 17, no official candidate has come forward for the Mayor's seat but Councillor Mary O'Keefe has suggested she is considering running for the position.