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
Warden George Cornell (Mayor of Tiny Township) acclaimed as Warden of the County of Simcoe on December 8, 2020:
Council acclaimed George Cornell, Mayor of the Township of Tiny, to serve as
County of Simcoe Warden for a second term, 2021 and 2020.
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 was initially elected as Simcoe County Warden in December 2018, serving in this role from 2019 to the present.
Cornell and his wife Sandy have two children and three grandchildren.
Warden Contact Information:
Warden George Cornell
Phone: (705) 726-9300 Ext: 1260
Fax: (705) 725-1285