There was no need for a vote. Everyone agreed that Mayor Robert Kirby of Hawkesbury East should be the warden next year for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR).
Kirby was acclaimed without contest as warden during the Wednesday evening inaugural session of the new counties council.
During his inaugural address, Kirby thanked everyone for honouring him with the nomination. He also paid one final tribute to his predecessor, the late Mayor Jean-Paul St-Pierre of Russell Township.
“He (St-Pierre) represented everything that it means to be a leader and a warden,” Kirby said, “and his example will continue as an inspiration for this council.”
Kirby promised to continue work on past projects and programs launched during St-Pierre’s term as warden, with emphasis on economic development and responsible fiscal management for the counties.
“We will continue acting responsibly with our budgets,” he said. “We will keep our eye on the future and what it can hold, but not at the expense of taxpayers.”
More details on the counties council inaugural are in next week’s Vision and other EAP papers.