Gilles Prefontaine has resigned from city council to take a job with the City of St. Albert.
Prefontaine will be the chief community development officer for the City of St. Albert. The role is an expanded version of the general manager of planning and engineering role.
Prefontaine’s new role is effective May 5. He’ll be in charge of the planning, engineering and Build St. Albert departments.
“I’m not going away. I’m still here. I’m still going to be serving residents of St. Albert,” Prefontaine said.
The rookie councillor was elected in October 2013 where he finished sixth. His resignation, which was handed in on Tuesday, will trigger a byelection.
A news release from the city said Prefontaine applied for the position through an external recruitment process.
The same release notes that Prefontaine has “extensive business and community experience,” which includes volunteer roles, a masters of business administration and 18 years in the private sector with organizations like Telus Business Solutions and Servus Credit Union.
A news release from Mayor Nolan Crouse said council was informed on Wednesday morning. The same release said the Municipal Government Act stipulates election day for a vacant seat has to be held 90 days after the vacancy occurs unless an earlier date is set.
More information on Prefontaine’s resignation and byelection will be forthcoming.