CORNWALL — Shaken by the abrupt departure of former SDG warden Frank Prevost, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry has found a replacement: Al Armstrong will hold the position for the balance of 2021.
Armstrong is in the midst of his first term as Deputy Mayor of the Township of North Dundas and a member of Counties Council.
“I am humbled that my colleagues around the Counties Council table saw fit to bestow this honour upon me,” Armstrong said following his election as warden by his colleagues at Counties Council yesterday. “My goal as Warden is to help us navigate the next five months with a renewed focus on helping our residents and small businesses deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also fostering a positive relationship with our municipal neighbours, including the City of Cornwall.”
Armstrong has served at the township level since 2003, when he was first elected a North Dundas councillor. In his latest role at the upper tier, Armstrong assumes a position vacated after Prevost was arrested on criminal charges earlier this month. Currently out on bail, Prevost faces three counts of luring a child following an OPP sting operation. Prevost also faces a count of sexual assault in connection with a separate investigation allegedly involving an adult victim.
During yesterday’s meeting, Counties Council agreed to suspend its procedural bylaw and proceed with a vote, via secret ballot, to determine who would become the new warden. Councillor Lyle Warden served as Acting Warden during the session.
At a future meeting, Counties Council is expected to receive a report that will discuss a variety of topics related to the role of the Warden, including the length of the appointment and the role of Acting Warden. The warden serves as head of the upper-tier council, similar to a mayor. The job usually changes hands each year, as chosen by the members at that table.
The 2022 Warden — Armstrong’s replacement — will be sworn in at a meeting in December.