The Township of South Glengarry wasted no time in selecting a new mayor, after Frank Prevost resigned from the position earlier this week.
At a special meeting of township council on Thursday, December 9, council chose Deputy Mayor Lyle Warden to replace Prevost as mayor. Councillor Stephanie Jaworski was also named deputy mayor. Prevost had resigned from the position on December 7.
The 53-year-old former mayor had been on an unpaid leave of absence since June 11, for a six-month term, which was due to expire on December 11. Prevost was arrested and charged on June 8 with three counts of Luring a Child, contrary to section 172.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code, by the OPP’s Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU), Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP, Grenville OPP, and OPP Digital Forensics investigators. As a result of a separate investigation involving an adult victim, Prevost was also charged with one count of sexual assault, contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code.
In addition to being the mayor of South Glengarry, Prevost was warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry at the time the charges were laid. He was removed from that position at a special meeting on June 11, in a vote by the Council of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
Council could have held a by-election to fill the mayor’s position, but chose instead to appoint the new mayor from the existing council, as there is less than one year left in the current council’s term. Municipal elections are scheduled in the Township of South Glengarry for autumn of 2022.