It was announced at the regular council meeting held on May 8 that long time councillor Mag Magnusson had sent in his letter of resignation due to ongoing health issues.
Magnusson was first elected to council in 1999. He has served four consecutive terms on council and was in his fifth when he resigned.
In a letter to the Town he said, “It has always been a pleasure working with council and staff.”
Since word of his resignation came many of the people who worked with him on council have shared their feelings.
“It has been an honour and always a pleasure to be on Council with Mag. I will miss your insight, wisdom, and opinion around the table,” said Town of Golden Manager of Corporate Administration Jon Wilsgard
Even though his resignation does not come as a surprise, I am still deeply sad. Mag’s leadership is already greatly missed around the table. He has served this community fearlessly and passionately. Mag is a man of integrity whose dedication to Golden was second only to his commitment to his family. I am so grateful the ways I benefited from his wisdom and his support,” said Mayor of Golden, Christina Benty.
Councillor Caleb Moss (currently acting mayor) brought the item forward at the council meeting.
“It is a sad day for us. Mag has carried himself with both dignity and incredible integrity. He has carried himself through his illness in the same way. Coming on to council he was very helpful to me in a mentorship role. I may not have agreed with him but I was happy to disagree with him which is not always the case. I do not think he is a replaceable human being in this town,” Moss said.
No date has been set for a by-election but according to a statement by Moss at the meeting it will most likely not happen until the fall of this year.