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Local mayors to contest second in command post at County

In Council Watch
Nov 19th, 2014

New Tecumseth Free Press Online

New Tecumseth Mayor-elect Rick Milne and re-elected Essa Mayor Terry Dowdall, intend to run for Deputy Warden at the Inaugural meeting next month of the incoming Simcoe County council.

Mr. Milne will become the longest serving member (combined years – absent two terms) on County council dating back to 1987 as mayor of Alliston, while Mr. Dowdall also becomes one of the senior members with 10 years in the upper tier chambers.

Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes, who is currently Deputy Warden, has stated his intention to run for the Warden’s chair. Penetanguishene mayor Gerry Marshall’s name has also surfaced as a probable candidate.

The Deputy Warden seat in Simcoe County was only started in December 2010, and, like the Warden’s position is elected for a two-year term, by secret ballot cast by the 32 mayors and deputy mayors of the 16 municipalities.

Outgoing County councillors gave the new members a pay raise beginning in January. The new Deputy Warden’s salary will climb from $36,663 to $40,814.15. The Warden’s pay package will rise from $55,000 to $61,227.25, and include a vehicle, office, and expenses. Councillors will see their base pay increase from $8,479 to $9,439.03, and their per diems go from $212 to $236. Per deims for council appointees will increase to $118 from $106.

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