Sturgeon County councillor-elect quits one week after being elected

A county councillor-elect that was scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday has instead resigned — just a week after he was voted in.

Ron Shaw resigned from Sturgeon County Council on Monday for "personal reasons," a release from the county said.

Shaw was elected on Oct. 18, defeating fellow candidate Jason Berry with 305 votes to Berry's 241.

The county decided to hold a by-election on Dec 13. Nominations were to open Oct 29, with a deadline to enter of Nov 15.

"We’re in a fortunate position to have a number of trained workers and voting stations and the supplies are still available so we’ll be ready," county spokesperson Jesse Sopko said.

Sopko would not elaborate further on Shaw's reason for quitting.

He said the by-election will cost about $10,000 and take at least six weeks to complete.

Shaw's website said he was a teacher in Gibbons, chairman of the Heartland Residents Task Force and a member of a family that has farmed the area for more than 100 years.

CTV News Edmonton left a message for Shaw but did not receive a response.

Berry said he hadn't decided if he would run again or not.

Sturgeon County sits on the northern boundaries of Edmonton and St. Albert and includes rural areas surrounding Morinville, Gibbons and Redwater.

With files from CTV News Edmonton's Amanda Anderson