Melanchthon Mayor Darren White, who has served as Dufferin County’s Warden for three consecutive terms, is stepping back from the role, not seeking re-election next month.
White officially announced his decision to step away from the lead position with Dufferin County Council, during a council meeting last Thursday (Nov. 11).
“I’ve been the Warden for four out of the last five years, which is a long time. Unfortunately, during my term, we’ve had to deal with a pandemic, and some other really big challenging issues,” White told the Free Press.
White was elected as the 144th Warden of Dufferin County in December of last year, and previously held the council position in 2017, 2019, and 2020.
He said he originally planned to step back after his 2020 term, but stayed on due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We felt at the time that consistent leaders moving through those challenging times would be appropriate so I stepped in,” said White. “I think we’re in a much better place now than we were a year ago, and it’s likely time for somebody to do it that’s not me.”
Councillors vying for the 2022 term are expected to make a speech at the next Dufferin County Council meeting on Dec. 9, followed by voting from council members to name the 145th Warden of Dufferin County.
While stepping back from the role of Warden of the county, White assures he will still be a part of county council and will continue with his role as Mayor of Melanchthon.
“I want to thank the entire community who have supported me, Dufferin County Council and out staff on the initiatives that we’re trying to bring forward to keep our communities safe, effective, and vibrant moving forward. I’d like to thank our residents for doing that,” said White.
Paula Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shelburne Free Press