New HP councillor still serving as reeve of another municipality

Chris Clegg
For the Lakeside Leader

A recently-elected Town of High Prairie councillor is also the reeve of the Rural Municipality of Lake Johnston, in Saskatchewan.

Sacha Martens, who placed fifth of eight candidates in the Oct. 18 municipal election in High Prairie, was still serving as reeve of Lake Johnston, two councillors from that municipality have confirmed.

Lake Johnston is involved in a legal matter with a former administrator.

“We asked her to stay on a bit to help with this,” says councillor Darren Gosling. “It’s a simple matter. If she submits her resignation, we’d accept it.”

Martens says her actions are honourable. She was asked to stay on and wrap up “a couple of time-sensitive and business-critical matters.” She likens the situation to “having a day job outside of council, minus the financial gain.”

Martens says she takes her role as a High Prairie councillor seriously and she did not anticipate the two roles.

“I am here serving the Town of High Prairie,” she says, “have attended all my engagements and community events. We live here. And have established roots here.”

Given the circumstances back in Lake Johnston, she says she is not resigning.

“I will lend my time, temporarily.”

Meanwhile, High Prairie mayor Brian Panasiuk says he did not know for certain Martens was serving as reeve elsewhere, but had heard of it. He says council will discuss the matter and find out, “Is this allowable?”

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