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County Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Warden

 

Midhurst/December 11, 2018 – County Council today elected George Cornell, Mayor of the Township of Tiny, to serve as Simcoe County Warden for 2019 and 2020.

"I am honoured to be elected as Simcoe County Warden for the next two years and I look forward to working on behalf of Council and County staff to advance our services, programs and regional leadership," said Warden George Cornell. "We're a growing County with tremendous opportunities to advance our economy, grow tourism, strengthen our regional infrastructure and improve the health and well-being of our residents. I thank my colleagues for demonstrating their confidence in my leadership and I look forward to serving the residents of Simcoe County."

As a Civil Engineer, Cornell spent his career working in the oil and gas sector. He joined municipal politics as a Councillor for the Township of Tiny from 2006 to 2010. He became Mayor of the Township of Tiny in 2014 and was recently acclaimed for his second term in the role. As a County Councillor from 2014 to 2018, Cornell sat as Chair of the Economic Development Sub Committee, Vice-Chair of Corporate Services and on the Grant Task Force Committee and the Governance and Striking Committees. Cornell and his wife Sandy have two children and two grandchildren.

County Council also elected Barry Burton, Deputy Mayor of the Township of Clearview, as the Simcoe County Deputy Warden for 2019 and 2020. 

Burton is an independent business owner and was elected as Deputy Mayor of the Township of Clearview from 2014 to 2018 and was recently re-elected to the position. As a Deputy Mayor, Burton served as a member of County Council from 2014 to 2018, where he sat as a member of the County's Museum Advisory Sub-Committee. Burton also represents Simcoe County on the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Burton and his wife Lorraine have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Additionally, the County's Business Section Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2019 and 2020 were elected/acclaimed on Tuesday:

Councillor Don Allen, Business Section Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Steffen Walma, Business Section Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Lynn Dollin Business Section Chair of Corporate Services.

Councillor Harry Hughes, Business Section Vice Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Anita Dubeau, Business Section Vice Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Richard Norcross Business Section Vice Chair of Corporate Services.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Contacts:

Collin Matanowitsch
Public Relations Manager
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca

Jennifer Straw
Communications Co-ordinator
County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1036
705-790-5979 (mobile)