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Mayor and Council.

The Municipality of Wawa’s current Mayor and Council were sworn into office on December 1st, 2014.

Mayor & Council Biographies

Councillor-Ron-Rody

Mayor Ron Rody

Bio Coming Soon.

Councillor-Yvan-Besner

Councillor Yvan Besner

Bio Coming Soon.

Councilor-Bill-Chiasson

Councilor Bill Chiasson

Bio Coming Soon.

Tamara-Liddle

Councillor Tamara Liddle

Bio Coming Soon.

Tamara-Liddle

Councillor Sandra Weitzel

Bio Coming Soon.

Role of Council and Councillors

The Municipal Act, 2001, is the legislative framework for municipalities and provides councils with a broad range of power. The Act balances local autonomy and it is flexible with requirements for improved accountability and transparency of municipal operations.

Role of Council

Section 224 of the Municipal Act, 2001, outlines the role of the municipal council:
“224. It is the role of council,

  1. to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality
  2. to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality
  3. to determine which services the municipality provides
  4. to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council (4.1) to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality
  5. to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality and
  6. to carry out the duties of council under this or any other act.”

Municipal councils have a broad range of responsibilities and work load. For this reason, councils often have a number of standing committees consisting of councillors only, or advisory committees made up of a mix of councillors and appointees from the public. These committees carry out much of the work of council and then report back to council with recommendations.

A committee of council is subject to similar legislative requirements that council is subject to under the act, e.g., open meetings, procedure bylaw, etc.

Previously, councils generally delegated only administrative matters to committees. Now, the Municipal Act, 2001 provides for broad delegation of council’s legislative powers and duties to a committee of council.

Role of the Councillor

Councillors have a representative, policy-making, and stewardship role to play in the municipality. Councillors will consider and make decisions on issues that will sometimes be complex and controversial. Most of those decisions will have long-term consequences for the municipality that extend beyond the four-year term of office, and should be made in the context of the municipality’s directions for the long-term health and welfare of the community.