BAKER BROOK (CNB) - Adolphe Goulette has been appointed supervisor for the Village of Baker Brook, Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc announced today.

The appointment of a supervisor is necessary following the recent resignation of the mayor and two village councillors in early February.

"The appointment will ensure the continuation of services to the residents of Baker Brook," said LeBlanc. "Mr. Goulette will oversee and direct the day-to-day operations of the municipality, including its financial administration, in collaboration with Gertrude Albert, village clerk/treasurer."

Pursuant to the Control of Municipalities Act, the municipality must be placed under supervision of the province when resignations result in an insufficient number of council members to constitute a quorum.

Goulette's appointment will be effective until a new council is elected and holds its first meeting. The byelection for the vacant positions will be held May 11, 2009.

Goulette is a retired administrator of the Village of Charlo, with 30 years of experience in municipal affairs. He and the Department of Local Government will now work with the community of Baker Brook in preparation for the upcoming byelection.

"I would like to thank the former members of the council of Baker Brook for the good work they have done over the past year," said LeBlanc. "They have worked hard for the residents of Baker Brook, and their contribution to their community is very much appreciated."