Lethbridge City Council
The Lethbridge City Council is the legislative governing body that represents the citizens of Lethbridge, Alberta. Eight councillors and the mayor comprise the council. The mayor is the city's chief elected official and the city manager is its chief administrative officer. For the 2013–2017 term, the mayor is Chris Spearman and the councillors are Jeff Carlson, Jeffrey Coffman, Blaine Hyggen, Liz Iwaskiw, Joe Mauro, Bridget Mearns, Rob Miyashiro, and Ryan Parker. Mearns was elected during a by-election on 12 May 2014 to replace the vacancy created by the passing of Councillor Wade Galloway.
In 1890, when the local population reached 1,478, an application was made to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories to grant town incorporation. Such was granted on 3 December of that year and the following 9 February, the first town council meeting was held in the Lethbridge Hotel. Charles Alexander Magrath was the first mayor and was joined by six aldermen.
Shortly after Alberta became a province in 1905, an application was made for a city charter. City status was granted on 9 May 1906, and the first council meeting was held on 21 May with a mayor and six aldermen as before.
The Alberta Legislature approved a new charter on 25 March 1913 that would see the city governed by three elected commissioners: the mayor, who was also commissioner of finance; a commissioner of public utilities and a commissioner of public works. The charter became effective 1 January 1914 and the first meeting under this commission was held on 5 January 1914 under mayor William Duncan Livingston Hardie.
Within eight years, however, local citizens felt the commission was becoming dictatorial and were able to get the charter amended to allow for thee additional but advisory commissioners. The newly elected commissioners attended their first meeting on 24 April 1922. In 1927, as a result of a plebiscite, Lethbridgians voted to change their civic government from commission to council–manager form. The council was then composed of seven aldermen, one of whom would be elected internally as a mayor. As well, a city manager was appointed by city council to administer its policies. The new elections were held in June 1928. In their first meeting, on 23 July 1928, council elected Robert Barrowman as their mayor.
In 1961, city electors voted in favour of electing their mayor directly. In 1962, they elected Frank Sherring as mayor. Seven years later, the number of aldermen was increased from six to eight.
The tables below show all candidates who ran in recent elections, bold indicates elected, and incumbents are italicized.
In the 2013 elections, the mayor was elected from 4 candidates, and 8 councillors from 29 candidates.
In the 2010 elections, the mayor was elected from 6 candidates, and 8 aldermen from 30 candidates. However, one alderman-elect died before being sworn in. The vacancy was filled in a 2011 by-election, by the 2010 runner-up, amongst ten candidates.
In the 2007 elections, the incumbent mayor was acclaimed, and eight aldermen were elected from 16 candidates.
The 2004 election was held October 18, 2004.
|FENGSTAD, Glen M.||3,421||2.55|
|LeBARON, D.L. "Rick"||4,874||3.63|
The 2001 election was held October 15, 2001.
|SWITZER, Mark H.||3,181||13.4|
|CAMPBELL, Sandra L.||2,667||1.9|
|DARLINGTON, Lorne James||2,674||1.9|
|DEMERS, Tyler D.||5,044||3.7|
|FLYNN, G.E. Kelly||1,316||1.0|
|LACEY, Barbara Ann||8,515||6.2|
|LEBLANC (WEBBER), Bev||2,371||1.7|
|PASTOOR, Bridget A.||5,722||4.2|
|WALDERN, Gerald, D.R.||1,976||1.4|
The 1998 election was held October 26, 1998.
|CARPENTER, David B.||13,479||57.2|
|STEPHENSON, Mark D.||3,553||15.1|
|COFFMAN, Jeffrey A.||8,927||6.4|
|FOSTER, Janice (Jan)||8,593||6.2|
|PASTOOR, Bridget A.||9,208||6.6|
- Dates in the History of the Government of Lethbridge, City of Lethbridge. Accessed 23 December 2006.