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Van Vulpen is new deputy warden for Cumberland County

Joe van Vulpen was elected deputy warden for the Municipality of Cumberland County during Wednesday night's meeting of county council. He takes over from Don Fletcher, who is seated to van Vulpan's left. Marlon Chase, seen here to the right of van Vulpen, nominated van Vulpen for the election of deputy warden.
Joe van Vulpen was elected deputy warden for the Municipality of Cumberland County during Wednesday night's meeting of county council. Councillor Marlon Chase, left, nominated van Vulpen for the election.

UPPER NAPPAN, N.S. – Joe van Vulpen is the new deputy warden for the Municipality of Cumberland County.

Van Vulpen unseated Don Fletcher who served as deputy warden for the past year.

Each year councillors nominate and vote for their deputy warden.

Marlon Chase nominated van Vulpen, and Lynne Welton nominated Fletcher.

Both men spoke before ballots were cast.

“I’ve been here a year now, and us newbies were told a year ago that it would take at least a year to catch on,” said van Vulpen, who was elected to council during last year’s election. “Hopefully I have shown that in some ways that I have caught on. I served my constituents in District 3, hopefully, admirably.”

Fletcher said being a deputy warden over the past year has been a learning experience

“I have the time to do it because I’m retired, and it does take quite a bit of time. There’s a lot of different event to take part in,” said Fletcher.

Fletcher said he would like more experience on the job.

“I believe you need almost two years because the first year has a learning curve, it did for me.”

After the ballots were counted it was announced that ‘Joe won a clear majority.”

After the election of vanVulpen, warden Alison Gillis said, “I thank Don for his service over the past year and I want to welcome Joe. I’m looking forward to the next year of working with you.”

 

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