Man leaving town leaves a hole in Iqaluit city council
Mark Morrissey accepts job in Alberta
Once again, the City of Iqaluit will have to decide how to fill a vacant position on council.
Councillor Mark Morrissey plans to resign at the council's meeting tonight. He is also stepping down as the executive director for the Nunavut Economic Developers Association.
Morrissey has accepted a job with the City of Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta as their director of economic development.
"It was not an easy decision to make," he said. "I wrestled with it for about a week. But looking at the opportunity for me professionally, again it was something I really couldn't pass up. We're leaving behind a lot of close friends, a lot of good colleagues."
Mayor John Graham said he will comment on how city council will fill Morrissey's seat once the councillor officially resigns.
The options include holding a byelection, appointing someone or leaving the seat vacant.
It's the second time in less than a year that the city has had a vacant council seat.
Long-time councillor and former mayor Jimmy Kilabuk resigned last spring, not long before his death. His seat was won by Noah Papatsie in a by-election held in October.