By William Crooks
Local Journalism Initiative
Sherbrooke’s Mayor, Évelyne Beaudin, has announced an indefinite leave from her municipal duties due to medical advice. During her absence, Deputy Mayor Raïs Kibonge will take the helm, ensuring that city functions continue seamlessly. A press conference on the issue was held at Sherbrooke’s town hall at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30.
City officials are keen to emphasize that services to the citizens will remain unaffected. The city council and administration are joining forces to facilitate a smooth governance transition, demonstrating their commitment to the public’s welfare, states a press release.
The Cities and Towns Act necessitates such a move, as it mandates the acting mayor to step in when the sitting mayor is unable to perform their responsibilities. Consequently, Kibonge will not only execute the mayor’s powers but will also represent the office on the executive committee, and Councilwoman Laure Letarte-Lavoie is set to preside over the executive committee during Beaudin’s absence.
Kibonge remarked on the current scenario, saying, “Today’s events underscore that each individual, at some point, faces challenging decisions pertaining to personal and professional well-being. I’m confident in saying that the entire Sherbrooke community sends their thoughts and best wishes to Mayor Beaudin during her recovery.”
Éric Sévigny, the city’s general manager, added, “Both the city council and administration remain dedicated to maintaining service continuity during this period. We extend our wishes for Mayor Beaudin’s quick recovery and express gratitude to the public for their continued respect and understanding.”