George Cornell elected as Simcoe County warden

County council elected George Cornell, Tiny Township mayor, 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 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 Tiny Township councillor from 2006 to 2010. He became mayor of the township in 2014 and was recently acclaimed for his second term in the role. As a county councillor, from 2014 to 2018, Cornell sat as economic development sub-committee chair, corporate services vice-chair and a member of the grant task force and governance and striking committees. Cornell and wife Sandy have two children and two grandchildren.

Council also elected Barry Burton, Clearview Township deputy mayor, as Simcoe County deputy warden for 2019 and 2020.

Burton is an independent business owner and was elected as Clearview Township deputy mayor 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 museum advisory sub-committee. Burton also represents Simcoe County on the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Burton and wife Lorraine have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Additionally, the county business section chairs and vice-chairs, for 2019 and 2020, were recently elected or acclaimed: Councillor Don Allen, performance management chair; Councillor Steffen Walma, human services chair; Councillor Lynn Dollin corporate services chair; Councillor Harry Hughes, performance management vice-chair; Councillor Anita Dubeau, human services vice-chair; and Councillor Richard Norcross, corporate services vice-chair.

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