By Kirk Starratt
The face of Kings County council changed in many ways following the recent election but the councillor selected to serve as warden remains the same.
After the newly-elected council was sworn in Nov. 6, the first order of business was electing a warden from among their ranks. There were two nominees, District 5 Coun. Diana Brothers and District 10 Coun. Patricia Bishop.
Brothers was declared winner following a secret paper ballot vote; this is her second two-year term as warden. The vote tally wasn’t made public as a motion carried to destroy the ballots.
Following the election, Brothers said it’s an honour to serve as warden. She said change is important, but it takes time and doesn’t always require a change in leadership. She said the former council worked very well together the past two years while she served as warden and a lot of changes were made.
“More accountability to the taxpayers, that’s what it’s all about,” Brothers said, pointing out that transparency in municipal business is of the utmost importance.
“We’ll work in the best interest of our constituents because they’re our bosses.”
Following the vote, Bishop said she was disappointed, but added that Brothers is a great leader.
“I feel we have changes in leadership for a reason. By switching things up and taking turns, we can bring new dynamics and energy forward,” Bishop said. “I put myself forward because I believe change helps us grow and evolve. We learn and adapt through change.”
She added that she’ll decide when the time comes whether or not she puts her name forward for warden again. Bishop has great hopes the new council will create a new vision with clear direction on the many important issues affecting the municipality.
There were two nominees for deputy warden, District 12 Coun. Mike Ennis and District 4 Coun. Brian Hirtle. Following a secret paper ballot vote, Ennis was selected.
To watch a video featuring highlights from the warden election, visit www.kingscountynews.ca.