George Cornell was elected as Warden of the County of Simcoe (Ontario’s largest county) on December 11, 2018 for 2019 and 2020.
As a Civil Engineer, Cornell spent his career working in the oil and gas sector. He joined municipal politics as a Councillor for the Township of Tiny from 2006 to 2010. He became Mayor of the Township of Tiny in 2014 and was recently acclaimed for his second term in the role. As a County Councillor from 2014 to 2018, Cornell sat as Chair of the Economic Development Sub Committee, Vice-Chair of Corporate Services and on the Grant Task Force Committee and the Governance and Striking Committees. Cornell and his wife Sandy have two children and two grandchildren.
Simcoe County Council is made up of the Mayors and Deputy Mayors of all 16 member municipalities. The Warden is the head of government for the County and is elected by his or her peers on County Council. In 2010 County Council changed the County’s procedures to make the Office of Warden a two-year term. The warden is elected at an ‘Inaugural Meeting’ of County Council held in December in the first and the third years of every term of Council.
Some of the Warden’s responsibilities include:
- presiding over and acting as Head of County Council
- speaking publicly on matters affecting the County of Simcoe
- serving on external boards and agencies
Read more about the role here and George Cornell’s plans here