Did mayor not know what job was?

Would an experienced councillor have not been a better choice for position of deputy mayor?

Editor, The News:

Re: Shymkiw new Ridge deputy mayor (The News, Oct. 9)

With the stroke of a pen, the face of our municipal politics has changed forever.

From reading the newspaper report, this was done with a lack of transparency as the current council was not given the information its members requested.

The new deputy mayor said on Facebook: “At Monday’s workshop  council ratified my nomination by the mayor to serve as deputy mayor.”

Now, not only was council not provided with proper information, the  nomination came from the mayor.

Should the nomination not have come from council?

We are now left with a first-time mayor and a first-time councillor/deputy mayor.

Would an experienced councillor  have not been a better choice?

This change to deputy mayor begs a few questions.

Did the current mayor not know what the position entailed, or that she is incapable of performing her duties in full?

It also tells me that our mayor has been busy trying to shape council to her liking as opposed to looking after business.

I can only see this move as detrimental and costly to the city and taxpayers of Maple Ridge.

Len Lovering

Maple Ridge