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Mayor Resigns

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Dauphin Mayor Allen Dowhan is stepping away from his council duties to focus on his health.

Dowhan’s resignation, which becomes effective Oct. 1, was received by city council at its regular meeting, Sept. 20.

“Council obviously respects mayor Al Dowhan and all his decisions that he’s made over the number of years that he’s been a part of council, I think it’s really close to 23 years time,” deputy-mayor Christian Laughland said following the meeting.

“So we totally respect and understand his decision and we truly wish him all the best going forward.”

Dowhan attended his first council meeting as a councillor in November of 1998. He was named deputy-mayor in 2001-02, and served in the position again from 2010 to 2017.

Dowhan became mayor in December of 2017. He continues to be passionate about Dauphin and the Parkland and was instrumental in many important projects including Communities in Bloom, post-secondary education, active living and transportation, the Parkland Regional Municipality group, and most recently the redevelopment of the multi-use courts at Meadowlark Park.

Under normal circumstances, under provisions of the Municipal Act, the city would be forced to hold a byelection to find a new mayor.

However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, if a vacancy occurs on council between Sept. 10 and Oct. 26, councils may choose not to hold a byelection. The next general muncipal election is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2022.

The city is consulting with the province further about its options.

Laughland will continue to handle the mayor’s duties until a decision is made.

“The process calls for me to continue on in the mayor’s stead,” Laughland said. “I’ll still be deputy-mayor of Dauphin, but obviously now that there’s no mayor for the next couple of months, I'll be taking care of those items going forward until a new mayor is named.”