Taber Councilman Jack Brewin has expressed regret for his behavior at the first council meeting of the term.
Brewin read aloud a letter of apology at the council on Monday.
“I am writing to apologize and take full responsibility for my actions at the Taber city council meeting on October 25,” Brewin read.
“I also want to apologize to the city staff and the residents of Taber.”
The councilman was sanctioned after a special council meeting last week, and asked to deliver a public letter of apology to the mayor, council, administration and residents by Monday.
The three-sentence letter was accepted by the council, but did not provide any details on why the behavior occurred.
“I cannot discuss any more information about it,” said Mayor Andrew Prokop. “Everything that came up in that discussion was dealt with in a closed session.”
Several people questioned the counselor’s conduct at the swearing-in ceremony and the subsequent council meeting on October 25, with some alleging that he appeared to be drunk.
Brewin slurred several times as he spoke at the council’s opening meeting.
Brewin declined an interview request after Monday’s meeting, including an opportunity to address speculation surrounding the meeting in question.
Prokop said he does not anticipate any problems in the future, citing Brewin’s track record.
“This is Coun. Brewin’s third term on the council. He has been a really good councilman the previous two terms, so I don’t expect anything different for the third term, “Prokop said.
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Prokop said the council is looking to move forward with the incident in a “positive” way.
“It’s an unfortunate scenario to have to deal with any council, deal with having to sanction a council member,” he said.
In his letter, Brewin said that he appreciates the opportunity to serve the city and vowed to continue to do the best he can.
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