UPPER NAPPAN – Cumberland County’s municipal council will elect a new warden and deputy warden Wednesday during its first regular session since October’s election.
Longtime warden Keith Hunter says he plans to reoffer for the position he has held since 2000, while it’s also expected former deputy warden and veteran councillor Ernest Gilbert will also run for the position.
“I plan to reoffer,” Hunter said Tuesday. “I enjoy the job and being the spokesperson for the county and I like working with the other mayors and wardens in the county.”
Hunter, was was re-elected in October in District 3, is also the chairman of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities rural caucus.
Gilbert, who could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, was first elected to council in 1997. He has held numerous positions with the county.
Unlike towns, county voters do not elect the warden. The position is filled by a vote of council.
What’s unique about selecting the next warden is the fact there are five new councillors. One incumbent, Coun. Ratchford Merriam, will not be there for today’s vote.