Northumberland County Council is comprised of the mayors of each of the seven towns, townships or local municipalities within its boundaries. The head of County Council is called the Warden and is elected annually from amongst its membership.
County Council meets once a month with some exceptions. Open Session of County Council commences at 9:30 a.m. As much as possible business is conducted in "Open Session" with the exception of matters pertaining to specific individuals, litigation or potential litigation, personnel matters or the receiving of legal advice.
Mark Walas 2017 Warden of the County
Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton
Mark Anthony Walas worked for several years in the Toronto area before returning home to Brighton. Mark attended Humber College of Applied Arts and Science in 1979 graduating as a Licensed Funeral Director. In 1987 he purchased the local funeral home. After a 20 year career of service to the Brighton area, the business was sold in 2007. Mark has experience in the many financial challenges facing small business owners today. Mark was elected as Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton in 2010 and has been a Northumberland County Councillor representative for Northumberland Paramedics and Waste Management. He is currently involved in a number of commercial real estate and land development projects. Mark has also been a great supporter of local citizens through several community organizations. Mark is married to Linda (Rutherford) of Colborne, and together they have four children and two grandchildren.
Mayor of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
Send a message to John Logel John's family moved from a rural community just outside of Kitchener Waterloo to a new farm in Grafton when he was in his early teens. He completed his post-secondary education at Fleming College and then joined the Goodyear Tire Rubber Company, holding various management positions in different departments and facilities. After being away over 20 years, John eventually returned to the roots he had established in Grafton. Long active as a volunteer in the community, in 2010 John decided to run for and was elected as councillor in Alnwick/Haldimand Township. In 2014, he was elected Mayor. John and Brenda, his wife of 37 years, have two children Chris and Katherine who both live and work in the Grafton area. They have five young grandchildren, all of whom live within a half mile of Grandpa and Grandma, just the way the grandparents like it.
Gil Brocanier Mayor of the Town of Cobourg
Send a message to Gil Brocanier Gil Brocanier was elected as a town Councillor in 1985. He served 2 terms on council, and topped the polls in 1988 in his second term. He did not run in the 1991 municipal election. However, after 26 years of progressively responsible roles in management with General Foods/Kraft he was able to retire and he ran for Council again in 2003. Building on his 26 years of management and financial experience, Gil served as Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2010. In 2010 he was elected as Mayor of Cobourg, and he was re-elected to this position in 2014. Gil is married to Marg, who was born and raised in Cobourg. They have one son, Greg, who is married to Lynne Marie and together they have two children, Hannah and Owen.
Marc Coombs Mayor of the Township of Cramahe
Marc Coombs is currently in his third term as Mayor of the Township of Cramahe. He served two terms on the Township Council--1998-2000 and 2004-2006--before being elected Mayor in November 2006, and again in 2010 and 2014. He has lived with his wife Eileen and their three daughters in the countryside north of Colborne since 1992. He has been active in many committees and boards, serving as Chair of the Apple Route from 1999 until 2008 as well as Chair of the Northumberland Tourism Advisory Committee in 2001 and 2002 among others.
Mayor of the Township of Hamilton
Send a message to Mark Lovshin
Mark Lovshin was elected to council in 2000, as deputy mayor in 2003, elected as mayor 2006, and has sat on many committees. Mark is married to wife Christine, and has a son, Andrew. He was born, raised and has lived in Hamilton Township all his life. Mark has a strong agricultural background and operates a vegetable stand, raises market lambs, and operates a dairy farm with his brother and father.
Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope
After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1972, Dr. Sanderson began practicing as an associate veterinarian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After moving to Port Hope in 1973 he established Port Hope's first full-time companion animal and equine practice. Dr. Sanderson has extensive corporate experience in the animal health industry, having held senior positions at the Mars Corporation (the world's leading authority on pet care and nutrition), and IDEXX Laboratories (Canada's largest veterinary diagnostic company). First elected in 1979, he served on Port Hope Council during the historic flood in 1980. A long-time advocate of heritage preservation, he received a Heritage Award for his restoration of the Little Bluestone (circa 1834) on King Street and still maintains residence in the historic building. Dr. Sanderson is the owner/operator of several Port Hope dining and accommodation establishments. His daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons also live in Port Hope.
Mayor of the Municipality of Trent Hills
Send a message to Hector Macmillan
Elected Mayor of Trent Hills in 2003, Hector Macmillan was born and
raised in Campbellford, Ontario, and now resides there with his wife and
family, which includes their four children and seven grandchildren. Son of one time Mayor of the Town of Campbellford, Councillor Macmillan has an extensive background in business - owning and operating various enterprises since 1973 including hardware, retail and wholesale groceries, several retail gasoline and diesel sites - and he holds several trade certificates. Councillor Macmillan brings a fresh perspective to County Council and always looks forward to actively participating in all Council decision making.