Chestermere's former mayor and three former city councillors court applications to be reinstated into their former positions have been turned down.
On December 4, 2023, Chestermere Mayor Jeff Colvin and councillors Mel Foat, Blaine Funk, and Stephen Hanley were removed from office by Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver and they have sought an injunction on Mclver's dismissal order.
This is the second application for an injunction filed by the ex-mayor and councillors which has been denied.
In November 2023 Justice Keith Yamauchi denied an application for a pre-emptive injunction against the Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs arising from the report based on the municipal inspection that was conducted at the direction of the Minister.
The City of Chestermere has decided that given the cost and practical impact of a successful challenge it is in the public interest to abandon the pursuit of the judicial review filed on September 12, 2023.
The judicial review, which was an unauthorized initiative from the former CAO’s, who were also dismissed by the Minister has cost taxpayers just under $300,000 in legal fees which expenses were unbudgeted.
The City of Chestermere is cooperating fully with the team at Deloitte Inc. as they conduct the financial inspection for the period of October 18, 2021, to December 4, 2023, ordered by Minister McIver.
Deloitte is expected to file its report with the Minister by the middle of April 2024.
The Minister has stated the report will be shared with the residents of Chestermere.
The City continues to operate under the direction of Official Administrator Doug Lagore until a by-election is held mid-year. The administration is currently being led by Interim Chief Administrative Officer Pat Vincent.
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