North Glengarry Mayor Chris McDonell bids farewell to politics

Posted on Friday November 30, 2018
North Glengarry Mayor Chris McDonell wearing his chain of office
North Glengarry Mayor Chris McDonell wearing his chain of office at his final council meeting, on Monday, November 26, 2018

 

North Glengarry Mayor Chris McDonell bids farewell to politics

 

ALEXANDRIA, November 30, 2018 – On December 3, North Glengarry Mayor Chris McDonell will be retiring as mayor, ending an 18-year career in politics.

For the second time, Mayor McDonell is celebrating his retirement, first as a police officer and now as mayor.

During a retirement celebration that was held following the November 26 council meeting, Mayor-elect Jamie MacDonald applauded Mayor McDonell for his service to the community. “Chris and I have not always agreed, but I respect the job that he has done. I am not sure if there is anyone who has held North Glengarry closer to their heart. He has always operated in the best interest of our Township. Chris has always been approachable and easily puts people at ease,” said Mayor-elect MacDonald, who joked that “Mayor McDonell could walk into a room full of Ministers and Chris would say ‘Hey, how about them Red Wings?’, the day after beating the Leafs.”

Mayor McDonell entered his first election race in November 2000, when he was elected at “councillor at large”. He was re-elected to this position in 2003. In 2006, he ran for Deputy Mayor, winning a closely contested election against two other opponents. He maintained this position during the 2010 election, which he won by acclamation.

After North Glengarry Mayor Grant Crack was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2011, then Deputy Mayor McDonell threw his name into the ring, running in the January 2012 by-election. In a close race, Mayor McDonell was elected with a lead of 112 votes, beating out his closest contender, Jamie MacDonald. Mayor McDonell was re-elected by acclamation during the 2014 municipal election.

“One of Chris’s most memorable years was when he was elected Warden of the Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry. Just like he did for North Glengarry, Chris worked hard for the benefit of all residents of SDG. As Mayor and Warden, I don’t know of anyone who has, or will ever, attend as many events as Chris has during his time in politics. It was routine for Chris, on a Sunday, to have two breakfasts, attend a luncheon and then a church supper. The man should weigh 400 pounds. He was pretty good to avoid dessert when (his wife) Yvonne was around, but when she wasn’t, you would hear him say “Don’t tell the old girl,” joked Mayor-elect MacDonald.

As Mayor and councillor, Mayor McDonell has done many great things to benefit his municipality and his County. Over his past term he has worked with council to secure water for Maxville and to move ahead with an environmental assessment of the Alexandria Lagoons – ensuring that North Glengarry is set up for the future.

In his closing speech on November 26, Mayor-elect MacDonald joked that he feels bad for Mayor McDonell’s wife, who will now be treated to the full attention of a man accustomed to a very large portfolio.

“As my dad would say, you are like a fart in a mitt… you can’t sit still, and you will drive Yvonne crazy! On behalf of Council and staff, we thank you and wish you a very happy retirement,” said Mayor-elect MacDonald, who will officially assume his position as mayor during an inaugural ceremony to be held at the Sandfield Centre, in Alexandria, at 7 pm on Monday, December 3. MacDonald was acclaimed as mayor during the October 2018 election.

 

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Sarah Huskinson, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Canton de Glengarry nord - North Glengarry Township

cao@northglengarry.ca/ T. 613-525-1110 / F. 613-525-1649/ www.northglengarry.ca

 

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