Council has 'lack of confidence' in mayor
Mission Mayor Ted Adlem no longer has the support of the majority of council members.
Four out of the seven elected officials passed a motion at Monday night's council meeting stating they have a lack of confidence in the mayor and are disassociating themselves from any actions and statements he makes unless there is a prior resolution from council.
Coun. Jenny Stevens made the motion during discussions surrounding the mayor's announcement last week to solely chair the committee of the whole meeting and remove Coun. Nelson Tilbury as council's liaison to the Downtown Business Association (DBA).
Committee of the whole is made up of six portfolios representing departments in city hall, such as public works. In the past, a councillor was assigned to head each one and chair that portion of the meeting.
Stevens also addressed the mayor's "inappropriate" conduct when interacting at times with fellow councillors, members of staff and the public.
"We will do our best to protect the municipality's level of respect from the public within Mission, and even more importantly, the level of respect given to Mission by those further afield," said Stevens.
Her motion was supported by Couns. Tony Luck, Nelson Tilbury and Jeff Jewell, all of whom now sit as independents. Mayor Ted Adlem and Couns. Larry Nundal and Dave Hensman opposed the motion.
Tina Penney, acting manager of corporate administration for the district, said the move puts the mayor on notice and informs the community of council's disassociation with the mayor, but it doesn't change his role under the Community Charter.
Adlem was voted into the mayor's office by constituents and council cannot impeach (remove) him from power, she added.
Jewell said there is "sufficient room for improvement" that needs to be made by council.
"I don't know quite what the consequences of the motion are," Jewell continued. "I don't know if there are any, except to have us talking like mature adults about a problem that has bothered a lot of people and has been discussed publicly recently, as you know, for the first time.
"That's unfortunate, but that's where things got to."
Adlem didn't comment on the motion at Monday's night's meeting, but defended his decision to remove councillors from their roles as the heads of standing committees.
Tilbury was reinstated as council's liaison to the DBA after some discussion.
All members of council were elected into office in 2011 under the political slate Citizens Responsible for Municipal Government (CRMG). Tilbury was the first councillor to resign from CRMG in September 2012. Stevens and Jewell quit the slate last month and Luck followed last week.