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New warden for Digby municipality - Jimmy MacAlpine succeeds Linda Gregory as council chair


SEABROOK – The Municipality of the District of Digby has a new warden.

Jimmy MacAlpine was elected by his fellow councillors Nov. 7 following the swearing in of the new council at the Seabrook offices.

MacAlpine has been a municipal councillor since 2000 and has been deputy warden for the last twelve years.

“I am ready for the challenge of warden and think I will do a good job,” said MacAlpine before the vote. “We have worked well together as a council and whoever is elected here tonight, I’m sure that will continue.”

Most municipalities in Nova Scotia work on the warden system which differs from the mayoral system in the way that the chair of the council is elected.

In a mayoral system, the public or constituents vote directly and separately for a mayor.

In the warden system, the councillors vote one of their fellow councillors to be the chair or warden.

Judge Charles Haliburton swore in the new council – which was the same as the old council except Matthew Ross replaced Maritza Adams as the councillor for District 2 (Marshalltown, Brighton, Barton, Plympton).

Incumbents David Tudor in District 4 (Islands and the Neck to Little River), George Manzer in District 5 (Weymouth), and MacAlpine in District 1 (Bear River, Smith’s Cove, Conway) and Gregory in District 3 (Culloden, Shore Road, Lighthouse Road, and Digby Neck to Mink Cove) were all re-elected.

[Municipality of Digby council election results, Oct. 15, 2016]

After the swearing in, the CAO of the Municipality Linda Fraser assumed the chair for the election and asked if any councillors wished to be considered for the position of warden that they raise their hands.

MacAlpine and Gregory raised their hands and then were each given a chance to speak.

Gregory pointed out the council had worked well together under her leadership.

She also said she had lots of time to give to the position now that she is retired. She also said she lives close by in case she is needed in a hurry.

Votes were then cast by secret ballot and counted by the CAO and deputy CAO Jeff Sunderland.

Gregory has been a councillor since 1994 and has been the warden since Nov. 2010 when then warden Jim Thurber resigned mid-term. David Tudor won the by-election for Thurber’s council seat at the time.

MacAlpine was the president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities from 2010 to 12. He ran for the Progress Conservatives in the 2006 provincial election against Liberal incumbent Harold Theriault and lost by 900 votes.

MacAlpine has agreed to speak with the Digby Courier first thing Tuesday morning, Nov. 8.

 --  The Town of Digby --

Judge Haliburton also swore in the council for the Town of Digby Nov. 7.

Mayor Ben Cleveland was acclaimed to his third term as mayor and the four members of council, Mike Bartlett, Jean Brittain, Danny Harvieux and Peter Turnbull were all also incumbents.

The council elected Brittain to the position of deputy mayor to stand in for the mayor when he can’t be present.

[Cleveland acclaimed: Digby mayor wants to encourage more candidates for next election in 2020, Sept. 16]

Jimmy MacAlpine was elected by his fellow councillors Nov. 7 following the swearing in of the new council at the Seabrook offices.

MacAlpine has been a municipal councillor since 2000 and has been deputy warden for the last twelve years.

“I am ready for the challenge of warden and think I will do a good job,” said MacAlpine before the vote. “We have worked well together as a council and whoever is elected here tonight, I’m sure that will continue.”

Most municipalities in Nova Scotia work on the warden system which differs from the mayoral system in the way that the chair of the council is elected.

In a mayoral system, the public or constituents vote directly and separately for a mayor.

In the warden system, the councillors vote one of their fellow councillors to be the chair or warden.

Judge Charles Haliburton swore in the new council – which was the same as the old council except Matthew Ross replaced Maritza Adams as the councillor for District 2 (Marshalltown, Brighton, Barton, Plympton).

Incumbents David Tudor in District 4 (Islands and the Neck to Little River), George Manzer in District 5 (Weymouth), and MacAlpine in District 1 (Bear River, Smith’s Cove, Conway) and Gregory in District 3 (Culloden, Shore Road, Lighthouse Road, and Digby Neck to Mink Cove) were all re-elected.

[Municipality of Digby council election results, Oct. 15, 2016]

After the swearing in, the CAO of the Municipality Linda Fraser assumed the chair for the election and asked if any councillors wished to be considered for the position of warden that they raise their hands.

MacAlpine and Gregory raised their hands and then were each given a chance to speak.

Gregory pointed out the council had worked well together under her leadership.

She also said she had lots of time to give to the position now that she is retired. She also said she lives close by in case she is needed in a hurry.

Votes were then cast by secret ballot and counted by the CAO and deputy CAO Jeff Sunderland.

Gregory has been a councillor since 1994 and has been the warden since Nov. 2010 when then warden Jim Thurber resigned mid-term. David Tudor won the by-election for Thurber’s council seat at the time.

MacAlpine was the president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities from 2010 to 12. He ran for the Progress Conservatives in the 2006 provincial election against Liberal incumbent Harold Theriault and lost by 900 votes.

MacAlpine has agreed to speak with the Digby Courier first thing Tuesday morning, Nov. 8.

 --  The Town of Digby --

Judge Haliburton also swore in the council for the Town of Digby Nov. 7.

Mayor Ben Cleveland was acclaimed to his third term as mayor and the four members of council, Mike Bartlett, Jean Brittain, Danny Harvieux and Peter Turnbull were all also incumbents.

The council elected Brittain to the position of deputy mayor to stand in for the mayor when he can’t be present.

[Cleveland acclaimed: Digby mayor wants to encourage more candidates for next election in 2020, Sept. 16]

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