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Robert D. Tarleck
|24th Mayor of Lethbridge|
October 22, 2001 – October 25, 2010
|Preceded by||David B. Carpenter|
|Succeeded by||Rajko Dodic|
|Occupation||Public school teacher|
In 1957, Bob Tarleck won the Canadian record for the 100-yard-dash for boys fifteen and under. He was also the Vancouver city champion in 220-yard-dash, the 440-yard-dash and the hurdles the same year. He moved to Lethbridge nine years later.
Tarleck spent his career as an educator, spending many years in the public school system and as a professor at the University of Lethbridge.
Tarleck and his wife Angela have two daughters and two grandsons.
From 1974–1992, Tarleck served on the Lethbridge City Council as an alderman. He temporarily retired from municipal politics for nine years until David B. Carpenter announced in 2001 he was not seeking a fifth term as mayor. The opening attracted four other candidates: Mike Pierzchala, Mark Switzer, Greg Weadick and Frank Peta. Tarleck easily defeated runner-up Pierzchala.
Tarleck garnered two thirds of the votes in the 2004 municipal election against his single opponent and former alderman, Joe Mauro. He was elected by acclamation in the 2007 election.