By Scott Nixon
Special to Advance-Times
GODERICH — South Huron Mayor George Robertson is the new warden of Huron County.
Robertson was elected warden by his fellow county councillors in a vote Dec. 5 in the county council chambers at the Goderich Court House. He defeated Huron East Mayor Bernie MacLellan, who had been seeking a second consecutive term as warden.
Taking the warden’s chair after his victory, Robertson said it was “a great day,” and noted, “The last time I was this dressed up, I got married.”
Robertson promised to have county council work as a team and said he would never hesitate to ask for help. He said he would move forward with consultant George Cuff’s recommendations for the county and with the hiring of a new chief administrative officer and senior staff. Robertson pledged to be open and transparent.
He said he has been preparing for the role of warden for the past six years and noted he had the support of South Huron council and staff as well as his family.
Robertson was nominated by Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Reeve Ben Van Diepenbeek, who pointed out Robertson’s experience on municipal and county council as well as his career with the Canadian Armed Forces and as an OPP officer.
Van Diepenbeek said Robertson was well prepared for the warden’s job.
Bluewater Councillor-At-Large Tyler Hessel nominated MacLellan, describing him as “strong willed” and saying he had great family support.
County councillors voted via secret ballot. Central Huron Reeve Jim Ginn was absent from the meeting.
Upon his victory, Robertson read the declaration of office and received the chain of office, the key of office, the gavel, crest and warden’s pin from MacLellan.