A longtime member of Weyburn City Council is bidding farewell.
Dick Michel, who was first elected to Weyburn City Council in 2001, and was re-elected for six more terms, submitted a letter of resignation to the administration with the City of Weyburn. The resignation is effective immediately.
In a written statement from Michel that was released Monday morning, he said the decision to resign was not an easy one to make and was made with the support and encouragement of his family.
“My sincere thanks go out to everyone who connected with me during my time away from Council,” Michel continued. “You have helped me along this journey, as I say farewell to an appointment I loved so much.”
Over the more than 20 years he spent on Weyburn City Council, Michel has served on the Weyburn Police Commission, District Planning Commission, the Airport Board, the Walk of Fame Committee, and a number of other boards. He has also served on the boards of the Weyburn Agricultural Society, Nickle Lake Regional Park, Weyburn Chamber of Commerce and Weyburn Tourism.
“Michel is a dear friend to many in the community and was a voice of strength throughout his time," Mayor Marcel Roy commented. "We appreciate his years of service and are incredibly saddened to hear of his resignation.”
Details about the pending by-election will be presented during Monday’s City Council Meeting.
You can read Michel’s full letter to the residents of Weyburn below:
To the community of Weyburn,
I have served and represented the City of Weyburn with benevolence and highest regard for 23 years. It is with the deepest sadness that I announce my resignation from Weyburn City Council on March 27, 2023.
This decision, which is not an easy one to make, was made with the support and encouragement of my family. To them I owe my greatest gratitude.
My sincere thanks go out to everyone who connected with me during my time away from Council. You have helped me along this journey, as I say farewell to an appointment I loved so much.
And finally, to the community of Weyburn, thank you for having the confidence in me for seven terms. I can no longer represent you and continue what I was so passionate about doing.
As a Councillor, I will miss meeting you at the ice rink, chatting on the walking trails, serving on committees and making decisions in Council Chambers. As your neighbour, I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
The Michel family kindly asks that the media respect their privacy at this time.