Saint John declared former councillor Donnie Snook’s Ward 3 seat officially vacant on Monday night and will request a byelection from Elections New Brunswick.

Saint John council unanimously declared Snook's seat vacant on Monday night, a necessary first step in filling the Ward 3 seat.

"There was a motion that was passed there earlier [Monday night] that will, as I understand, commence the process for triggering the byelection and the chief electoral officer for the province is probably the best person to address the exact timing of that," Saint John Mayor Mel Norton said.

Snook sent in a hand-written resignation letter from his jail cell last week.


Donnie Snook's Ward 3 seat on Saint John council was officially vacated on Monday night. (CBC)

Snook, 41, is charged with three counts of touching a child for a sexual purpose, one count of making child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography, and two counts of possession.

Snook is expected to enter pleas on eight child exploitation charges on March 11 and will remain in jail until that court appearance.

Under the Municipalities Act, the city clerk has 10 days to notify the municipal electoral officer of the vacancy.

The next regularly-scheduled round of municipal byelections across the province is set for May 13.

Byelections will also be held in Baker-Brook, Bertrand, Charlo, Memramcook, Saint-André, and Saint-François-de-Madawaska on May 13.

Nominations will open on March 30 and close on April 19. There will be a day of advance voting on May 4.

There were seven candidates running in Ward 3 in last year’s municipal election.

Snook won 2,303 votes and Coun. Donna Reardon won the ward’s second seat with 1,941 votes. Patrick McCaffrey came in third with 1,142 votes followed by Christie Belyea, Albert Vincent and Graeme Stewart-Robertson.