Mono Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee to retire at end of current term

July 20, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Mono Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee will be retiring from politics at the end of the current term, capping off an 18-year political career at both the municipal and county level.

He has been a property owner in Mono since 1975 and built a home on the 1st Line in 1999. He was first elected to Mono Council in 2000, served as Councillor, and since in 2008, has served as deputy mayor and councillor on Dufferin County council.

By the end of the term, he will be 80, and feels that it is time to move on. “It’s time for other people to look at what’s going on, and new challenges.”

He is the only current member of council to not seek re-election. Mayor Laura Ryan, and Councillors Sharon Martin, Fred Nix, and Ralph Manktelow are all seeking re-election for their current seats on council.

In an interview with the Citizen this past Wednesday, Deputy Mayor McGhee looked back on what he is most proud of accomplishing, chiefly of which is making the Town debt free.

“The Town’s in good shape financially,” he said. “We have money put aside for repairs of our roads, and infrastructure.”

A former education superintendent, Deputy Mayor McGhee commented on the town’s prioritizing on environment, sustainability, and long-term planning. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done.”

He added that he is proud with how well council works. “Being any elected official, you only have one vote, and unless you can get along with the community and your fellow councillors, you’re not going to accomplish too much.”

When the subject of retirement came up, Deputy Mayor McGhee said he would like to volunteer, and has reached out to the Museum of Dufferin. “I will continue to be active one way or the other in the community, because I find that it’s interesting, you get to go out and meet people.”

He offered some words of advice for those looking to going into politics, mainly to not be a one-issue person. “Put your interests’ aside, and take a look at how you feel.”

He explained that being a member of council isn’t just the council meetings, it’s going out into the community, working long hours with others, being honest, and have trust, “but that trust has to be earned,” and prove to people you can get the job done.

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