New Warden named for Grey County
Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen is Grey County's Warden for 2020.
McQueen was elected on December 3, 2019 at the inaugural meeting of Grey County Council.
In his inaugural address, Warden McQueen spoke of the history and importance of the role of Warden. "It's a privilege to serve in the proud tradition of those who have come before me as Warden," he said. "I will do everything in my power to live up to this tradition. I accept the role of Warden with humility and pride."
McQueen has served in mubnicipal office for 16 years, the past five as mayor. This is his third term on Grey County Council. In addition to his municipal roles, Paul is an executive on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and sits on the Niagara Escarpment Commission as a commissioner. Outside of government life, Mr. McQueen is a beef producer and lives on his family farm with his wife Cindy and their three sons.
Warden McQueen also spoke of what he hopes to accomplish during his term. He spoke specifically to affordable housing, newcomer attraction, services for seniors, and economic development and tourism. To accomplish these goals he expects council to work as a team.
“I truly believe that Grey County is greater than the sum of its parts. Individual gears work well on their own, but when they are connected, they generate tremendous power,” he said.
The election of the Warden happens each December at the inaugural session. This year’s election was a close race between McQueen and 2019 Warden Selwyn Hicks. After a secret ballot, the election was tied at nine votes each. To break the tie, names were placed into a hat and Paul McQueen’s name was selected.
Warden McQueen was nominated for the Warden’s position by Grey County councillors Scott Mackey and Aakash Desai. Councillor Hicks was nominated by councillors Boddy and Paterson. Councillor Christine Robinson was also nominated but declined to run.