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County of Simcoe Warden

County Council is made up of all the mayors and deputy mayors of all 16 member municipalities. The Warden is the head of government for the County and is elected by his or her peers on County Council. In 2010 County Council changed the County’s procedures to make the Office of Warden a two-year term. The warden is elected at an 'Inaugural Meeting' of County Council held in December in the first and the third years of every term of Council.

Some of the Warden's responsibilities include:

  • presiding over and acting as Head of County Council
  • speaking publicly on matters affecting the County of Simcoe
  • serving on external boards and agencies

Status Update on County of Simcoe Warden: August 22, 2018

The County of Simcoe has received notice from the Town of Penetanguishene that Gerry Marshall has resigned from his position as Mayor of Penetanguishene. 

As a result of this notice, and the fact that Simcoe County Councillors are appointed to their positions by virtue of holding the Office of Mayor or Deputy Mayor of one of our sixteen member municipalities, he has therefore also effectively resigned both his seat on Simcoe County Council and his position as the Warden, or head of Simcoe County Council.

Given the County's governance provisions, we are pleased to note that Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall will assume the functions commonly performed by the Warden in the interim, and that County Council will continue to govern and provide direction as per the norm.

Given the fact that Terry is a long standing member of County Council, and has contributed greatly to County Council over the years, we expect that this will be a very smooth transition with no expected impact to County services or operations.