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Warden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus


Midhurst, January 23, 2017 – County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall has been elected as the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair during the organization's Annual General meeting in Guelph, Ontario on January 20, 2017.

"I am honoured to have been elected to the position of Chair by my peers from across Southwestern Ontario and I look forward to helping drive our collective goals forward," said Warden Marshall.  "One of our main items for WOWC over the next two years will be strengthening our role in economic development. Accomplishing this will take co-operation among all levels of government as we continue to seek funding and partnership opportunities to grow the success of Southwestern Ontario."

Prior to his election, Warden Marshall served as Vice Chair of the WOWC, and Chair of the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) committee. Throughout 2015, Warden Marshall worked closely with members of the WOWC to garner support for SWIFT from the private sector and other levels of government which culminated in a $180 million funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments in July 2016.

Also appointed at the annual general meeting were: Mayor Randy Hope, Mayor of Chatham-Kent to the office of Vice Chair; Kelley Coulter, CAO of Bruce County as Treasurer; and Mark Aitken, CAO of Simcoe County as Secretary.

The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario with more than three million residents. Its purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. For more information, visit 

The 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

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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications
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Jennifer Straw
Communications Co-ordinator
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