After a lengthy political career, York Region chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson has withdrawn his nomination for regional chair in the October municipal election.
Emmerson was elected local councillor for 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,” he said. “The work accomplished at the regional level is vital as our region continues to grow and mature.” 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 Nov. 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 York regional chairman.
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 the York Region Community Safety Village.