Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Mayor François St-Amour is warden-elect for Prescott-Russell
Mayor François St-Amour has a new job waiting for him next month. He will become the new warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell on December 20.
Stéphane Parisien, chief administrator for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), confirmed at the beginning of the Nov. 22 counties council session that St-Amour will take over the post from Warden Gary Barton as part of year-end meeting for UCPR council. Mayors Guy Desjardins of Clarence-Rockland and Pierre Leroux of Russell Township proposed St-Amour for the position and the other mayors confirmed his nomination.
“I am very pleased with the confidence of council,” said St-Amour. During a later interview, the new warden-elect explained that he plans to consult with administration before announcing his priorities for next year.
“I want to confirm that I’ve picked some achievable targets,” St-Amour said.
The mayor for The Nation Municipality has past experience as warden for Prescott-Russell when he held the post in 2012. He said one certain topic he will pursue during his tenure is continuing to work with all member municipalities on economic development programs and projects for the counties.
He also looks forward to becoming an active member again of the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC).
“It’s a good vehicle for addressing issues with the province,” he said. “When the caucus talks, they (province) tend to listen more.”