03/10/2016 14:09 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

Alberta fires majority of county council after infighting, poor decisions

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has dismissed the majority of members of a county council following long-standing concerns about infighting, conflict of interest, and poor decision-making.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee says three of the five councillors of Thorhild County, northeast of Edmonton, were let go.

Larivee says an administrator will run the county until byelections can be held within the next three months.

The province has been working with the county for months to fix a range of problems.

Larivee says the province's main concern was the council's failure to hire a qualified person to fill the critical post of chief administrative officer.

She says the three councillors were let go after they refused a directive from her office to pick a competent administrative officer from a short list, and instead chose someone without experience.