The Warden is the head of Counties Council and is elected every two years by the ten member Mayors/Reeves who sit on Counties Council. The Warden presides at all Counties Council meetings, sits on all Committees and represents the Counties at any meetings or official functions.
Welcome to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville website. First, I want to say that I feel privileged to be the Warden of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for 2015 and 2016, and look forward to providing the leadership and guidance to this organization during this term. These are very challenging and rewarding times to be in municipal government.
The Counties has many issues before it, including the first Counties Official Plan, housing regeneration, rising costs of long-term care and land ambulance services, continuously new provincial policies impacting municipalities and often requiring new or additional resources, and dealing with new and aging infrastructure. I'm sure many other issues will arise over the two years.
Though I cannot predict the outcome or final decisions, I can assure you the Counties will work diligently to ensure the needs of its local ratepayers are represented at the Counties Council and Joint Services Committee tables, and decisions are made with a full understanding and information about the issues. Council must strategically align the Counties resources to ensure the most effective and efficient delivery of its services and programs.
As Warden, not only am I the head of Counties Council, I also represent the Counties on the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus. This Caucus is a reputable organization that does much research and analysis on key municipal issues affecting eastern Ontario. It delivers its findings and potential solutions to provincial and federal decision makers, and is well respected by these upper levels of government. I am active and shall participate on the Caucus to ensure collectively the advancement of eastern Ontario.
Finally, I want to state that the United Counties is fortunate to have a dedicated and talented staff to work with during my 2015 and 2016 term as Warden. Staff is continuously seeking new and innovative ways of delivering services and programs. They provide Council and its Committees with excellent advice on policies, and ensure Council's decisions are implemented properly.
Warden David Gordon