District of Muskoka Council has adjourned its inaugural meeting of the 2022-2026 term and officially appointed the next District of Muskoka Chair.
The first order of business was swearing in the twenty-two elected District councillors, who will now represent the voices of each partner municipality in Muskoka. Amy Back, District Clerk, administered their Oaths of Office to officially commence their term.
This term welcomes 12 returning familiar faces and 10 new members – all of whom now have seats reserved at the council table for the next four years.
The 2022-2026 District Council
- Town of Bracebridge: Rick Maloney, Don Smith, Brenda Rhodes, Tatiana Sutherland
- Township of Georgian Bay: Peter Koetsier, Brian Bochek, Peter Cooper
- Town of Gravenhurst: Heidi Lorenz, Sandy Cairns, Erin Strength, Peter M. Johnston
- Town of Huntsville: Nancy Alcock, Scott Morrison, Dan Armour, Bob Stone
- Township of Lake of Bays: Terry Glover, Robert Lacroix, Mike Peppard
- Township of Muskoka Lakes: Peter Kelley, Guy Burry, Allen Edwards, Ruth Nishikawa
Jeff Lehman appointed to the office of the District of Muskoka Chair
The next item on the agenda was to appoint the next District chair. This critical role and how this position is appointed is prescribed by the Municipal Act and the District’s Procedure By-law. The District chair acts as the Chief Executive Officer and provides leadership for the affairs of council – they are the spokesperson for the region of Muskoka and are responsible for maintaining strong relationships with various organizations and senior levels of government on behalf of the upper-tier municipality.
Six candidates submitted applications to be considered by District council for the position. Curry Clifford, Jeffry Lehman, Terry Pilger, Howard Rosenthal, Don Smith, and Tim Withey came together at a ‘Meet the Candidates Debate’ event last week.
On Monday, twenty-two members of District Council cast their votes via a secret ballot with District clerk Amy Back and District solicitor Jamie Clow on hand to monitor and validate the process.
District council appointed Jeff Lehman to the office of the District chair, for the 2022-2026 term.
John Klinck – who has served as District Chair for the last three consecutive terms and announced his retirement after 28 years, was in attendance to offer his congratulations as he passed the Chain of Office on to Lehman.
Lehman was Mayor of Barrie from 2010-2022, and comes from an economics and urban planning background. Lehman and his partner Carolina have four children and a deep love for Muskoka. “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be chosen by District council to serve as chair. It’s an enormous task to follow the tremendous leadership of John Klinck and move the District forward, but I hope my experience can support our new council as we tackle the challenges Muskoka faces and make a positive difference for our residents,” he said.
Lehman will lead the next District council meeting, scheduled for December 19, 2022. Council meetings are held every third Monday of each month and are available for online viewing via webcast at the District of Muskoka’s website, here.
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