Frustrated with the amount of spending on legal fees associated with the recent mayoral investigation and a perceived lack of action by City Council, a local Fort St. John resident is circulating a petition calling for Mayor Bruce Lantz to resign.
Dennis Hetman says he has heard from several residents who want City Council to remove the Mayor from office.
Hetman began circulating the petition on Monday and says he has collected more than 500 signatures.
Eventually, he says he hopes to collect more signatures than the number of people who voted in the last municipal election. Fewer than 2,900 residents voted in the 2008 Fort St. John municipal election.
He stresses that he does not want the City to hold a by-election before the scheduled November election, but rather just have someone to take over the Mayor’s workload. He says he feels the Mayor is already unable to properly perform his job due to the restrictions placed on him by Council.
Once all the signatures have been collected, Hetman says he will present the petition to the City, as well as to the Province.
Mayor Bruce Lantz says despite the petition he will not resign. Lantz says that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but adds that neither he nor the City makes decisions based on petitions.
He says he has garnered considerable support from local residents and other people across the province, which he feels offsets the petition. He also says he has accomplished a lot during his time in office but that there is more he would like to do.
Lantz also reiterates the City’s previous statement that an elected official cannot be removed from office under the current circumstances.
Hetman says residents will be able to sign the petition online (the petition can be found here) and at various locations around the City. So far, copies of the petition have been posted on the community boards at the Co-op Mall and Sobeys.