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Shared: Penetanguishene ‘surprised’ by Gerry Marshall’s abrupt resignation as mayor

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Town of Penetanguishene staff were “surprised” by the announcement that Mayor Gerry Marshall resigned on Aug. 22 and started work as chief administrative officer of Wasaga Beach Aug. 23.

Town clerk Stacey Cooper said Marshall gave written notice on Wednesday that he was resigning as of 11:59 p.m.

“Definitely everyone was pretty surprised,” she said.

However, giving such abrupt notice is allowable under the Municipal Act as an elected position differs from regular employment where two weeks’ notice is normal.

Marshall had also filed his nomination papers to become mayor for a third term.

Under the Municipal Act, Marshall cannot withdraw his nomination papers. He stated publicly that, if elected, he would forfeit the…

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