City of Fort St John to hold information session for prospective city council candidates


The City of Fort St John has begun the process of replacing former councillor Dan Davies.


Davies left his seat on council when he was elected MLA of Peace River North in the provincial election. The city is having an information session on Thursday July 20th, where they will cover what candidates need to know, including council’s role, salary, and time commitment.


“It’s not just a council meeting that they have to attend," said Janet Prestley, chief electoral officer with the City of Fort St. John. There’s other functions or liaison positions that they have to attend meetings, they get invited to a lot of special events that they’re expected to attend, so it is a time commitment, and we wanted to let people know that up front, rather than getting thrust into the position or elected to the position, and then finding out it’s a huge time commitment.”


The candidate nomination period will open on Tuesday, July 25, with the deadline coming on Friday, August 4. The election will be held on Saturday, September 9, and the new councillor will be sworn in about a week later.


“Once an election is done, there is a period where someone can actually challenge an election result, so we have to wait until that period is over," Prestley said. "We’re anticipating the week of September 18th to have the new councillor take the oath of office, which will allow that council member the opportunity to participate in the Union of BC Municipalities Conference, which is the following week.


The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers.