UPDATE: LaChapelle Accepts Tay Deputy Mayor Appointment Offer
Swearing-In Expected February 13th
Gerard LaChapelle has informed Tay Council he has accepted the offer to be appointed as Deputy Mayor. He will be sworn in on February 13th at 10:00am.
A heavy task for Tay Township council in its Wednesday meeting.
After the passing of Deputy Mayor Jim Crawford in mid-December, the newly elected council last evening voted to fill the vacancy he left, via a direct appointment.
#TayCouncil declares the office of Deputy Mayor vacant and observes a moment of silent reflection in tribute to Jim Crawford.— Tay Township (@TayTownship) January 24, 2019
Following the vote, council opted to offer the Deputy Mayor position to Gerard LaChapelle, who came in second to Crawford in the October municipal election.
Related: Celebration of Life For Late Deputy Mayor
Direct appointment was one of three options on the table; appointment by selection, or by-election were the other two.
Jim Crawford was first elected to Tay Council in 2014, and was sworn in as Deputy Mayor on December 6th, days before his sudden passing.