STORMONT DUNDAS & GLENGARRY — It may have been Friday the 13th, but South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost had the good fortune to be sworn in as SDG’s new warden that day.
Prevost officially replaced the outgoing 2019 warden, Jamie MacDonald of North Glengarry, taking his position in the raised Warden’s Chair in the beautifully restored former courtroom serving as Council Chambers for the United Counties government.
Lacking a directly elected head, Counties Council (also known as County Council) shares the job by annually inaugurating a new leader — or warden — from among the 12 local politicians around the table who confirm their yearly pick through a vote.
The 2020 warden’s inauguration was attended by about 120 people, including his three daughters Samantha, Kaitlyn and Brianna, who led the singing of O Canada. Representatives of the federal and provincial governments, as well as the City of Cornwall and local SDG municipalities, also witnessed the change of wardenship.
Prevost was acclaimed mayor of South Glengarry in 2018, having previously served previously as deputy mayor. 2020 also happens to mark the 20th anniversary of his first term as Warden of the United Counties of SDG.
“County Council recently adopted a new strategic plan, designed to guide our actions over the next three to four years,” said Prevost in a press release. “I look forward working with council, county staff and a variety of local stakeholders as we take steps to implement our plan. Our strategic priorities are service delivery, educating our children in their own communities, leveraging partnerships to improve health care, community sustainability and communications. As a team working together, we can and will make the Counties a place where everyone will want to live and raise their families.”