Central Huron's Ginn acclaimed as warden - Dec. 1, 2016
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn has been acclaimed as Huron County Warden for the 2017/2018 term.
Ginn declared his interest in the position earlier this year and in the subsequent months no one had expressed an interest in running against him, leaving Ginn to be acclaimed to the position – the first time the warden has been acclaimed in Huron County in a number of years.
Goderich Deputy-Mayor Jim Donnelly nominated Ginn for the position and spoke of his decades of history with the Ginn family from Jim back to his grandfather. In fact, Donnelly brought along a picture of the Western Ontario Athletic Association Goderich Lions Juveniles baseball team, on which he played alongside Jerry Ginn, Jim’s grandfather.
“To be our best, we need to be led by our best,” Donnelly said of Ginn, adding that he has brought elegance and dignity to the world of politics in the years since he first became involved.
In order to tell Huron County councillors about Ginn, Donnelly took councillors on a “stroll down Jim Ginn Lane” stopping at a number of intersections along the way.
First, he said that Ginn is a quality councillor who’s dedicated to agriculture, one of the pillars of Huron County’s economy.
He also said that Ginn has spent decades taking care of the environment, which is essential in the leadership of the county going forward.
Donnelly also told councillors about Ginn’s “rock solid integrity” and his family’s history in the politics of Huron County. Ginn’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather all served as reeves of the former Goderich Township. Ginn is now the mayor of Central Huron, continuing on the long-standing family tradition of serving his community, Donnelly said. Ginn’s father also served as Huron County Warden in 1978.
The last six years with Ginn as mayor, Donnelly said, have been “banner years” for Central Huron and Ginn would bring that work ethic and “unprecedented growth” to the county level for the next two years.
Outgoing Warden Paul Gowing of Morris-Turnberry handed Ginn his new nameplate, as well as a warden’s pin, the chain of office, the gavel and the ceremonial key. He also presented Ginn with a 2017 International Plowing Match (IPM) pin, as Ginn will serve as warden in the year of the historic event for Huron County.
Upon taking his seat at the head of council, Ginn thanked Donnelly for nominating him for the position, saying there was no one he would rather have had do the honour. He said that Donnelly’s name and reputation is one that will live on in Goderich and throughout Huron County for decades.
He also thanked his fellow Central Huron councillors, Central Huron’s municipal staff and his family for encouraging him to take on the position of Huron County Warden.
Ginn told councillors and the dozens of spectators in attendance that he has a number of priorities for the county going forward, including the expansion of broadband internet infrastructure throughout the county and supporting the IPM. In fact, he said, the IPM in Huron County was one of the driving forces behind his deciding to put his name forward as the potential Warden in 2017. He said he strongly felt a farmer should be the Warden in a year when Huron County would host the IPM.
Just ahead of Ginn being acclaimed to the position, Chief Administrative Officer Brenda Orchard praised Gowing for his two years as warden, the first two-year term since the duration had been voted to be changed a number of years ago.
Orchard said that councillors and staff both felt immensely supported under Gowing and that it had been a joy working with him.
“We’ve really loved working with you,” Orchard told Gowing.
Gowing then received a standing ovation from councillors and staff before handing over the gavel to Ginn.