Grey County brings back familiar face as warden for 2021

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Hanover Deputy Mayor Selwyn Hicks has been elected as Grey County's warden for 2021.

“I believe that my credentials speak for themselves. I'm an early riser with a strong work ethic and I have the capacity to build relationships that promote progress,” Hicks said while addressing county councillors during the virtual inauguration session held Tuesday afternoon.

The position of warden is voted on by fellow county council members and holds a one-year term.

Hicks was nominated for the position by Southgate Deputy Mayor Brian Milne and seconded by Meaford Mayor Barb Clumpus.

Hicks was born in South American country of Guyana and moved to Toronto when he was nine.

He moved to Hanover in 2003 and he entered politics in 2006, serving as a councillor from 2006 to 2014 and then as deputy-mayor since 2015.

Hicks served as warden of Grey County in 2019.

He is a lawyer by trade with offices in Hanover and Walkerton, which he operates with his wife of 24 years, Barbara. They have four children: Selwyn IV, Rylee, Connor, and Chloe.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Hicks defeated current Grey County Warden Paul McQueen, who is the mayor of Grey Highlands.

In the coming months, Hicks says he plans to meet with each lower-tier council representative to build relationships and seek out priorities.

“I will also immediately reach out to our provincial and federal representatives to schedule a minimum of one formal meeting each quarter to build relationships and plan how we can work together to address important priorities for the people of Grey County,” he said.

“I'm also now a member of the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus," Hicks added. "I have strong relationships from my first year as warden and I plan to continue to build those relationships.”

For the coming year, Hicks said he would like to focus on affordable housing, rural broadband programs, and regional transportation.

“We've got a number of things on the go. We're still in a COVID environment and we have to figure out how we pull out of this thing together, how to keep people safe, keep our good track record in public health, and take care of our seniors,” he added.

Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca