Robinson steps down

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Parrsboro to have byelection to fill seat of long-time mayor now battling acute leukemia

PARRSBORO - After 12 years serving as Mayor of Parrsboro, Doug Robinson stepped down as the head of the town due to health reasons.
Robinson submitted a letter of resignation during Tuesday's council meeting.
After being diagnosed with acute leukemia last spring, Robinson decided that it was time to step down passing over the reigns to deputy mayor David Harrison until a byelection is held.
"I feel good, however, I do get tired easily which is the main reason why I have decided to step down," Robinson said, adding that he didn't want to be in a position where he was making decisions for the town while being tired.
"Another reason I decided to step down now rather than wait is if my condition became worse I didn't want to put people in a position where an election would be called this winter," Robinson said.
Parrsboro's CAO, Ray Hickey, said council has four weeks to decide when the byelection will occur.
"With council's goal to hold the election as soon as possible they will probably decide before the four-week deadline when to hold the election," Hickey said.
Explaining the byelection has to be held 11 weeks following the announcement, with deadlines for mayor candidates being the fifth Thursday before the election.
"If a councilor should choose to run for mayor they would have to step down as councillor when submitting as a candidate for the mayoral position at which time making a council seat open for anyone choosing to run for the position of councillor.
The deadline for candidates for a council position is the fourth Tuesday before the election date," Hickey explained.
Having four weeks to decide when the byelection will be held, Hickey anticipates council will hold a special council meeting before the four-week deadline which the CAO said will be announced to the public for anyone wishing to attend this meeting.
During Tuesday's council meeting he added thanks to past and present councils along with staff at the town hall, staff of the public works department, present CAO Ray Hickey and to past CAO Ashley Brown for the many years he dedicated to the town.
As his last act as mayor Robinson thanked the residents of Parrsboro for allowing him the opportunity to serve them along with the many generous offerings in the form of cards, letters, gifts and visits which Robinson said means a great deal to himself, his wife Shirley and family.

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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