The new council of Grey County has taken office and acclaimed Selwyn “Buck” Hicks as warden for 2019 on December 4 at the inaugural session. The recently elected 2019-2022 council was also sworn into office.
In his inaugural address, Hicks thanked council for trusting him as their leader and expressed his optimism towards the new term of council. “Tonight, as I look forward to the future of Grey County, I feel a sense of hopefulness. Thanks to the good work of the leaders who came before us, and thanks to our talented staff and CAO, we are on the right trajectory with momentum in our favour," he said.
Hicks, the deputy mayor of the Town of Hanover, was nominated for the warden’s position by fellow County councillors Ian Boddy and Sue Paterson. Grey County hasn’t had a warden from Hanover in more than 25 years.
Hicks practices law from offices in Hanover and Walkerton that he owns with his wife of 22 years, Barbara Hicks. They have four children, Selwyn IV, Rylee, Connor and Chloe. Warden Hicks, was born in Guyana in South America and moved to Toronto when he was nine. He was raised by his single mother in the Jane and Finch projects in Toronto. Hicks began his career in social services as an employment counsellor, youth worker, street worker and volunteer coordinator in Toronto. Wanting to make a larger change, Warden Hicks earned a law degree and MBA at the University of Windsor. He and Barbara moved to Hanover in 2003 and he entered politics in 2006, serving as a Hanover councillor from 2006-2014 and as deputy mayor from 2015-present.
In his address, Warden Hicks also pointed to some of the challenges facing the County, including skilled labour shortages, attainable housing and affordable rural transportation. “We have work to do,” he said.
The inaugural session of Grey County Council happens each December. At the first inaugural meeting of the term each councillor takes the oath or affirmation of office to acknowledge their duties as a Grey County councillor. This year council was sworn in or affirmed by The Honourable Justice Julia A. Morneau.
“Thanks to the good work of those leaders who came before us; thanks to our talented staff; and, thanks to our capable and accomplished CAO, we are on the right trajectory with momentum in our favour. When we are recognized internationally for our technological accomplishments when our economic development and tourism staff are receiving accolades; and when I observed a planning staff that, during the recent Official Plan process, demonstrate ‘top shelf’ skills in public consultation, I have great confidence that we are on the cusp of greatness. Together, fellow councillors, we are going to do great things for our village and I am very much looking forward to working with you," Hicks said.
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