Marshall and Dowdall retain top seats on Simcoe County council
By Sara Carson Barrie Advance
Applause greeted Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon as he was acclaimed to lead county council for a second two-year term
Marshall said he has grown very passionate about the role and was ready to fight for the position if another council member stepped forward.
“I was like a dog with a bone. I wasn’t going to give it up without a fight,” said Marshall, the mayor of Penetanguishene.
County council elects a new warden and deputy warden every two years. Marshall will once again lead alongside Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall, Mayor of Essa, who retained his position in a challenge against Springwater Mayor Bill French.
In a speech to county council Tuesday, Dowdall said if re-elected he would help implement the county’s vision.
In an interview Wednesday, French said Springwater’s best interests are his top priority.
“I would choose the township, no question because the township residents are the ones who elected me,” he said.
French said he didn’t win the deputy warden seat because he raises issues on county council.
Gerry Marshall acclaimed Simcoe County Warden for a second term
Simcoe County news release December 13, 2016
County Council today acclaimed Gerry Marshall, Mayor of the Town of Penetanguishene, to serve as Simcoe County Warden for 2017 and 2018.
“Simcoe County is one of the best places to live in the world and I am truly honoured to serve another two years as Warden,” said County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall. “I am proud of our collective achievements over the past two years and I look forward to continuing to work with Council and County staff to enhance our services and programs, increase provincial and federal advocacy efforts and make responsible investments in our future.”
Marshall has served on County Council since 2010. This is Marshall’s second consecutive term serving as Warden having been elected for the 2015 and 2016 term.
County Council also re-elected Terry Dowdall, Mayor of Essa Township, as the Simcoe County Deputy Warden for 2017 and 2018. Dowdall has served on County Council since 2003. This is Dowdall’s second consecutive term as Deputy Warden having been elected for the 2015 and 2016 term.
Additionally, the County’s Business Section Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2017 and 2018 were elected on Tuesday:
Councillor Basil Clarke, Business Section Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Judith Cox, Business Section Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Doug Little, Business Section Chair of Corporate Services.
Councillor Harry Hughes, Business Section Vice Chair of Performance Management; Steffen Walma, Business Section Vice Chair of Human Services; and Councillor George Cornell, Business Section Vice Chair of Corporate Services.