Essex Mayor Larry Snively Resigns

Wednesday January 12th, 2022

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Essex Mayor Larry Snively has resigned.

The Mayor announced his resignation, effectively immediately, on Wednesday morning.

“Please accept this letter as my notice in writing to the Clerk (pursuant to the requirements of Section 260 of the Municipal Act) advising of my resignation from the role of Mayor and Head of Council of the Corporation of the Town of Essex,” Snively said in a letter to the town clerk. “Such resignation shall be effective as of today, January 12, 2022. I wish to note that while this decision is being made with regret I have made this decision both freely and voluntarily.”

“For over twelve years I have served on Essex Town Council and I am proud of what the Town and its Council collectively have accomplished for its residents. I am particularly proud of the growth and development that has occurred in the Town during this most current term of Council,” Snively said in the resignation letter. “I will continue to assist the Town by working with developers in any way I can in order to help continue the progress of this great town. Accordingly in tendering this resignation I wish to thank the residents of the Town of Essex for the opportunity to have served both as your Mayor and as a Member of Council.”

The resignation comes following an announcement from the town last week that Snively had agreed to enter a “plea of guilty to the offence of having induced or procured a person to vote when that person was not entitled to do so.”

“Although the recent news concerning the Mayor has been disappointing, we would like to thank Larry for his leadership and dedication during his time on Council. He has demonstrated his passion for our community by leading countless projects and initiatives in effort to better serve the residents.” said Doug Sweet, Chief Administrative Officer. “I would like to assure the residents that the Town of Essex will continue to operate at full capacity to uphold the highest level of service that they have come to expect.”

Town Council is expected to formally declare the Mayor’s seat as being vacant at its January 17th regular meeting with a decision as to how to fill the vacancy, by appointment, or the calling of a by-election.

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