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Aitcheson acclaimed to second consecutive term as Perth County warden

Perth County Warden Jim Aitcheson.

PERTH COUNTY – Jim Aitcheson will serve a second consecutive term as Warden of Perth County.

Aitcheson, the deputy mayor for Perth South, was acclaimed to the position for the 2020-21 term during council’s meeting on Dec. 3.

“When I was first elected Warden, I knew we had a lot of work to do. The past year has been extraordinarily busy, with lots of great accomplishments, but the work is far from over” said Aitcheson in a prepared statement.

“I am proud of how our county council and staff have come together while apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Aitcheson spoke of some of the accomplishments of his first term, namely the PC Connect rural transit service and the renovations at the Perth County Courthouse.

“Looking forward to the coming year, I am eager to see the completion of many projects currently in progress such as the restructuring of Perth County’s Planning Division and the completion of the new Official Plan,” he said.

Aitcheson, in his prepared statement, said he sees many opportunities for council and staff to take on new projects and initiatives, such as conversations about diversity, inclusivity and anti-racism in Perth County.

“The County has undertaken a number of projects in the past on the issues of inclusivity and diversity in our region,” he said.

“It is clear to me that we need to do more on this matter, to listen and to work alongside staff and the community to continue to foster a welcoming community for all. This is important work that is far from over and it will remain a priority for me in my second term as warden.”

In addition to Aitcheson serving a second term as warden, Perth East Mayor Rhonda Ehgoetz was also acclaimed for a second term serving as deputy warden.