Grey County council has rejected a request by Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen to be re-appointed to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) board of directors.
At its meeting on June 23, county council voted against McQueen’s nomination in a 34-29 recorded vote. McQueen, the Deputy Warden of Grey County, has served on AMO since 2015 and is currently the organization’s county caucus chair.
McQueen noted that a new provincial government is being sworn in and he is interested in carrying on advocating for the county and local municipalities at AMO.
“I’d like to continue that work for Grey and the county caucus,” he said.
The nomination came at the end of a long agenda for county council and after a controversy involving McQueen and an Integrity Commissioner investigation. Multiple members of council had left the chambers and the resolution to nominate McQueen was defeated with McQueen, Meaford Deputy Mayor Shirley Keaveney and The Blue Mountains Mayor and Deputy Mayor Alar Soever and Peter Bordignon voting in favour.
McQueen was disappointed in the results of the vote.
“The decision on re-appointing me to the AMO speaks for itself,” he said afterwards.
Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca