By Chad Ingram
Published Dec. 4 2018
Algonquin Highlands Deputy Mayor Liz Danielsen will be warden of Haliburton County for 2019 or at least in all likelihood.
Danielsen was the sole member of Haliburton County council to put her name forward for the position in advance of a late October deadline. Each year county councillors select from among themselves who will serve as warden – the head of council and key representative of the county at large – for the year. Haliburton County council is comprised of the mayor and deputy mayor of each of the county’s four lower-tier municipalities.
A caveat is that Danielsen be re-appointed as deputy mayor of Algonquin Highlands. Algonquin Highlands councillors vote from among themselves who will serve as the municipality’s deputy mayor each term. The new Algonquin Highlands council along with the councils of the county’s other lower tiers is being sworn in this week. Danielsen reclaimed her seat as a Ward 2 councillor in the township by acclamation in the October election. She has held the post for two terms and has also been deputy mayor and therefore a member of county council for the past eight years. She also held the new position of deputy warden for 2018.
Danielsen said during a Nov. 28 county council meeting that it was her understanding she had the required support in Algonquin Highlands to again become deputy mayor and thanked her county council colleagues for their support.
The warden is sworn in at a December inaugural meeting.