Village council meetings could be a bit confusing for Vanessa Van der Meer for the next little while. The mayor of Linden resigned the position earlier this week after she was hired as the new Chief Administrative Officer in Carbon.
"I love municipal government and there's more ways than one to help a community, so why not help a community like I've helped my own?," she asked. "The Village of Linden, I've lived there since 2007 and it's an amazing community, and Carbon is a beautiful community that needed some administration."
Why she is no longer Linden's mayor, Van der Meer is staying on as a village councilor, even though her full time job is with Carbon.
"Before I even applied for this job I contacted Municipal Affairs and asked if there was any form of conflict," she explained. "They said absolutely not: one doesn't have to do with the other, but for myself it didn't fit well because it seemed as a perceived conflict and I didn't want that going in for this community or my own."
"The (Carbon) council that we have at the moment, with new ones coming on board, they're all eager for change and making Carbon the magnificent community it is," Van der Meer concluded. "It's an actual jewel in the middle of a valley, so when they sa it's a diamond it literally is."
One of Van der Meer's first jobs will be to oversee a council byelection on June 4 to replace former councilor Keith Bramley, who stepped down earlier this year. A second byelection to replace former Carbon mayor Guss Nash will be held in August.