Roger MacKay resigns as mayor of Westville

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WESTVILLE – Town council will have a special item on its agenda on Monday following the resignation of Roger MacKay as mayor.

MacKay announced his decision late on Monday on a Facebook post to leave elected politics.

Deputy Mayor Lennie White, who has chaired council in MacKay’s absence, said council will discuss next steps about filling the council seat and the role of mayor between now and scheduled municipal elections in the fall of 2020. 

“First, I would want to congratulate Roger on his retirement and thank him for his 25 years of dedicated service to the Town of Westville,” White said in a statement. “We will be reaching out to the Department of Municipal Affairs in the next few days to seek advice on what procedure we are required to follow as a result of the resignation.”

Council granted MacKay a leave of absence last summer after he won the federal Conservative nomination to contest Central Nova. The leave was effective through October.

MacKay announced in August that he was withdrawing his nomination, which the Conservatives responded to by naming country singer and Westville native George Canyon as MacKay’s successor. 

“It has been a privilege to serve as the mayor of Westville for the past 11 years, and town councillor for 14 years before that,” MacKay said in his announcement. “I believe it is time for new blood, and a fresh perspective for the Office of the Mayor.”