UNITED COUNTIES of SDG – South Stormont Mayor Jim Bancroft was sworn in yesterday (Dec. 16) as the new Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) Warden for 2017.
Bancroft replaced Jamie MacDonald, deputy mayor of North Glengarry, who served as the United Counties’ warden for 2016.
About 80 people attended the annual inauguration ceremony at the historic SDG Administration Building on Pitt Street, Cornwall. In addition to members of the new warden’s family, the event also drew representatives of the federal and provincial governments, as well as local municipalities.
The upper-tier local government lacks a directly elected head or mayor. Instead, in a time-honoured tradition, Counties Council members choose among themselves a new chair — or warden — each year, generally sticking to a system that rotates the position in sequence from county to county. 2017 was Stormont’s turn, and 2018 should see the title swing back to a Dundas County representative.
This is Bancroft’s second time in the warden’s chair, having held the role in 1997 when he was Reeve of Osnabruck Township in the final term of that municipality before its merger into South Stormont.
The veteran local politician first entered the field as an Osnabruck councillor in 1985, serving six years in that capacity. Post-amalgamation, he was South Stormont mayor from 2000 to 2006, then returned in 2014.
As a member of the Counties Council for the past two years, has served on numerous committees.
“I’m very proud to be serving the residents of SDG as Warden in 2017”, said Bancroft. We have an excellent Council and staff, and I intend to work very hard with my Council colleagues to continue to make SDG a great place to live. We continue to work on a variety of important issues, both locally within SDG and regionally through the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. I intend to be a very strong voice advocating for the needs of SDG residents, both at the local Council table and regionally with the other Wardens as part of the Wardens’ caucus.”
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