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PRESS RELEASEWard 8 Councillor Jennifer Robinson Resigns
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Late yesterday City Council and the City Clerk were advised of Councillor Jennifer Robinson’s decision to resign her Ward 8 seat effectively immediately due to personal health issues.  Councillor Jennifer Robinson has served the City of Barrie over the past eighteen months as Councillor for Ward 8. 
“On behalf of City Council, and the community, I would like to thank Councillor Jennifer Robinson for her service to the City of Barrie.  Jennifer Robinson brought her unstoppable optimism, shining personality, and a strong belief in Barrie to City Council.  She was a tremendous ambassador for Barrie and she will be sorely missed.  In her time on Council, I know that anyone who dealt with Jennifer came away feeling they had been heard and were well represented,” stated Mayor Jeff Lehman.
In addition to representing Ward 8, Councillor Robinson represented City Council on a number of important committees of Council and initiatives, including the Community Services Committee, Accessibility Advisory Committee, Environmental Advisory Committee, International Relations Committee, Order of the Spirit Catcher Award Committee and a leading role in the City’s Sports Tourism working group.  Councillor Robinson was also appointed on behalf of the City to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). 
“Jennifer cares about her community and her constituents and as such I know this was a difficult decision. While I am disappointed to lose her from our team, I understand her decision and would ask the media to respect her privacy at this time,” said Mayor Lehman.  “We are thinking of Jennifer and wish her well.”
City Council will consider the resignation at its next Council meeting, at which point a vacancy on Council will be declared under the Municipal Act.  Council will then determine the process for filling the vacancy, which could be either a by-election or an appointment process at a date to be determined.
During the time in which the seat on Council is vacant, Ward 8 residents are invited to contact the City Clerk’s Office with concerns related to their neighbourhood or other ward matters.  “I will also be available to meet with residents to ensure their interests are addressed, and concerns are heard, and staff in the City Clerk’s office will assist in handling local matters until such time as the vacancy is filled,” said Mayor Lehman.

Media Contact:
Rebecca James-Reid, Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives 705-739-4220 ext. 4462

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