SOUTH GLENGARRY, Ontario – South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost has resigned his position effective immediately according to a statement sent to media by the township on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.
In June, Prevost was charged by the OPP with three counts of Child Luring and one count of Sexual Assault against and adult.
On June 11, Prevost requested and was granted a six month unpaid leave of absence by South Glengarry Township Council, which also resulted in him being removed as Warden of the United Counties of SD&G.
Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 to declare the Mayor’s seat vacant and choose how and if they want to fill that vacancy. Their meeting will be streamed live on the South Glengarry YouTube channel.
Municipal councils can choose to fill vacancies either through a by-election, or through appointing an eligible individual. If the vacancy occurs 90 days before a municipal election, then council does not have to fill the vacancy. The next municipal election will be in October of 2022.
Lawyer for Prevost, Mark Ertel of Bayne, Seller, Ertel, Carter stated that Prevost made the decision to resign due to both his legal and health situation.
Prevost’s trial is scheduled for 2023, after the next municipal election.
“He won’t continue with that sort of cloud over council,” Ertel said. “He did not want to do that to his colleagues or the community.”
Ertel also said that Prevost was battling a serious medical issue as well, but did not elaborate.