North Bay City Council
|North Bay City Council|
Since December 1, 2010
|North Bay City Council Chamber|
Unlike many Canadian city councils, North Bay does not elect its council on a ward system. Instead, all councillors are elected at-large, and the ten candidates with the most votes are declared elected to council. Unlike the similar system in place for Vancouver City Council elections, however, North Bay municipal politics does not have a political party system.
The councillor with the most votes serves as deputy mayor, while the second and third place finishers chair the council's two primary committees, community services and public works and engineering.
As in other Ontario municipalities, the council may choose to fill a vacancy either by scheduling a by-election or by directly appointing a new councillor to the seat. Due to the city's at-large electoral system, if the appointment process is chosen then the first right to fill a vacant seat is generally offered to the next highest unelected finisher in the previous municipal election. For instance, when Peter Chirico resigned from council in May 2012, Sarah Campbell, the eleventh-place candidate in the 2010 election, was appointed to his seat. Following the resignation of Sean Lawlor from council in November 2013, twelfth-place finisher Mark King is the next in line to be appointed to the vacant seat, although council is not expected to make its final decision until January 2014.
Council elected in the 2006 election:
|Peter Chirico||Deputy mayor|
Council elected in the 2010 election:
|Peter Chirico||Deputy mayor to May 2012|
|Sean Lawlor||Deputy mayor after May 2012 Resigned from council on November 18, 2013.|
|Tanya Vrebosch||Deputy mayor after November 2013.|
|Sarah Campbell||Reappointed to council in 2012.|
In May 2012, Peter Chirico resigned his seat as the city's deputy mayor to take a job as managing director of community services in the city's administrative staff. Sean Lawlor succeeded him as deputy mayor, and Sarah Campbell, a former city councillor who narrowly lost re-election in 2010, was reappointed to fill the vacant council seat. Lawlor subsequently resigned from council on November 18, 2013.
- "Lawlor Mulls Over What Department to Head". CFXN-FM, October 25, 2010.
- "Lawlor steps down". North Bay Nugget, November 18, 2013.
- "Deputy mayor moves to city administration". NorthBayNipissing.com, May 31, 2012.
- "Vrebosch plans 'realistic' approach to budget". North Bay Nugget, November 19, 2013.