Former Mayor Jeff Colvin and three councillors fired from Chestermere City Council are running once again in the upcoming by-election.

The four elected officials and three senior staff with the City of Chestermere were fired from council due to an ongoing investigation by the province early last year into how the city was being operated. 

The investigation highlighted strong divisions among city council, elected officials' overreach into administrative tasks, and other 'irregular, improper, and improvident' actions.

Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver revealed that the city's finances were mismanaged and not up to par.

According to a report done by Deloitte Canada, there were 'significant gaps in the city's financial management.'

Court documents also revealed that former mayor Jeff Colvin spent more than $8,600 in tax-payer dollars on alcohol and food.

According to the report, his city-issued credit card was used to dine out 84 times from March 2023 to June 2023.

Following his dismissal, Colvin said in a public address that Ric McIver, former city staff, sitting councillors, and potentially Chestermere RCMP were conspiring against him and the other dismissed councilors.

StrathmoreNow reached out to Colvin for comment, but we have yet to hear back.

The City of Chestermere by-election is set to take place on June 24. 

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