After a lengthy political career, York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson has made the “difficult decision” to withdraw his nomination for Regional Chair in October’s municipal election.
Emmerson was elected local councillor or the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville in 1988. He served two separate terms as the town’s mayor before winning the Region’s top political job in 2014.
“I am extremely proud to have held this position over the past four years. The work accomplished at the Regional level is vital as our Region continues to grow and mature,” Emmerson says in a statement. He said he made the decision with the full support of his family.
“I will miss the work and I will miss working with my colleagues on Regional Council and our talented staff. But there is still work ahead of us between now and the end of this term of Council on November 30. My dedication to this position and to the Region remains the same; today, tomorrow and in the years ahead.”
Emmerson is a fifth-generation resident of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the sixth regional chairman of York Region, which is one of Canada’s fastest-growing large urban municipalities. “Focused on getting results, his experience and leadership is well respected across York Region and all levels of government,” a York Region media release announcing his 2014 appointment said.
Emmerson has served as a board member for a number of organizations, including Markham-Stouffville Hospital, Greater Toronto Area Mayors’ Committee, Greater Toronto Services Board and the Greater Airport Authority Association. Among other things, he was instrumental in the development of York Region’s Community Safety Village.