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No challengers put forward for Wellington County warden role

Councillors and mayors serving these positions will remain the same for the rest of this term
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County of Wellington Administration Centre. Keegan Kozolanka/GuelphToday file photo

COUNTY OF WELLINGTON – Barring any extenuating circumstances, the County of Wellington warden and committee chair positions will be the same for the rest of this term of council. 

In Wellington County, councillors and mayors serve two-years as Warden or committee chairs and therefore these positions potentially change twice during a council term. 

Every other year at the November county council meeting, councillors and mayors put forward what committees they would like to serve on and if they intend to run for warden or committee chair position.

These positions are then decided by a secret vote at a special meeting in December. 

Any voting for these positions will be ceremonial this year as there were no challengers to any current positions at Thursday’s remote county council meeting.

Kelly Linton, warden and Centre Wellington mayor, said he has been proud to serve as warden for the past two years and would honour to remain as so for the remaining term. 

Wellington North mayor Andy Lennox said he was considering running for warden but opted not to due the resurgence of the pandemic and personal issues his family is facing. 

However, Lennox said he wished to remain as the chair of the roads committee as there are projects he wants to see through. 

Minto mayor George Bridge put himself forward to be the chair of the economic development committee as he finds it coordinates well with the work he does with the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and SWIFT.

Chris White, mayor of Guelph/Eramosa, wished to remain as chair of administration, finance and human resources committee as he said an experienced hand would be valuable as they continue to deal with COVID-19. 

Other committee chairs that will remain the same are:

  • Mary Lloyd, Ward 5 councillor, chair of Information, Heritage and Seniors’ committee
  • Gregg Davidson, Mapleton mayor, chair of solid waste services committee
  • David Anderson, Ward 1 councillor, chair of social services committee
  • Allan Alls, Erin mayor, chair of land division and planning committee