After 12 years under the leadership of Randy Hope, Chatham-Kent’s new mayor, Darrin Canniff, has taken the oath of office at the municipality’s swearing in ceremony.
Mayor Canniff says the sky is the limit when it comes to Chatham-Kent’s potential, and says he has a number of priorities moving forward.
“We need affordable housing in Chatham-Kent, we need to bring more people to Chatham-Kent, we need to bring a skilled labour force,” Canniff says. “There are so many other things, we need to have an inclusive community, we have I’d say 50 priorities. You can do them all at once, you need to balance them out, but we have a great team of people.
Canniff says he’s already begun touring the municipality with some of the new council members, meeting with area business owners and community groups to find out what their so-called “barriers to success” are.
“(We met with) five or six groups last week along with Mayor Canniff, just to listen to how we can help and how we can make things better within our community,” McGregor explains. “From that will come very positive things for our community.”
The new mayor and council have their first official meeting next Monday, and the budget process set to begin in the new year.