Partridge warden for 2018
By Chad Ingram
Published Nov. 22, 2017
Longtime Highlands East Deputy-mayor and county councillor Suzanne Partridge will be Haliburton County warden for 2018.
County chief administrative officer Mike Rutter announced during a Nov. 22 council meeting that Partridge was the sole nominee under a new election process for warden.
The warden is the head of county council, which is comprised of the mayors and deputy-mayors of each of the county's four lower-tier townships. County councillors elect a warden each year from among themselves, that individual representing the county at a provincial level.
Traditionally, nominations for warden have been made from the floor during an annual inauguration meeting. Traditionally, only one name is put forward. And while both mayors and deputy-mayors may become warden, the position typically goes to one of county's four mayors.
County council enacted a new process for the election of warden this year, where interested individuals had to submit nomination forms by a Nov. 15 deadline. Following that, had there been more than one nominee, councillors would have held an election.
Partridge will be sworn in as warden on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in county council chambers on Newcastle Street in Minden.
A municipal politician for nearly 20 years, Partridge was reeve of Cardiff prior to amalgamation.