Revelstoke mayor seeks to quash leave of absence rumours

City of Revelstoke CAO says extension of councillor Cherlet’s acting mayor rotation is to provide business continuity due to COVID-19

Revelstoke City Hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

In an April 7 update, Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz addressed rumours that he is on a leave of absence, saying it’s not the case.

“There have been rumours that I am taking a leave of absence. That could not be further from the truth,” Sulz said in a video-taped mayor’s address to the community.

The rumours came about after council approved a motion at a March 26 special council meeting to extend councillor Nicole Cherlet’s schedule as acting mayor for an additonal month. Typically, councillors are scheduled as acting mayor for two-month periods. Cherlet was scheduled as acting mayor for March and April. Revelstoke Chief Administrative Officer Dawn Low said she put forward the resolution to have Cherlet continue as acting mayor for the month of May for, “business continuity, because of everything that is going on right now [with COVID-19].”

See the Mayor’s April 7 COVID-19 update here:

“[Cherlet] is only working at an assistant level at this point. She would only become acting mayor if it was required, for example if Gary got sick,” said Low.

Low said currently the mayor’s schedule is quite busy with numerous meetings with different government ministries. Those meeting sometimes overlap and so it’s possible that Sulz could call on Cherlet to assist him.

Sulz also made reference to this possibility saying, “She [Cherlet] will also assist me when the mayor is called upon during concurrent events.”