One of Lambton County’s longest serving politicians has retired.
Bill Bilton submitted his resignation letter to Dawn-Euphemia council Monday. The councillor has been off on sick leave for the past four-and-a-half months.
Bilton was first elected in Nov. 1982 as a councillor in Euphemia Township. He was the deputy reeve and then the reeve before the township amalgamated with Euphemia in 1998. He became the new municipality’s first mayor.
Bilton also was the warden of Lambton in 1992 – a turbulent time as talks to bring Sarnia into Lambton County dragged on.
Dawn-Euphemia council accepted Bilton’s two sentence resignation letter with regret.
“I would like to thank my fellow council, staff, ratepayers and family for their support over the last 35 years,” it said.
Council will discuss how to fill the seat left vacant by Bilton’s resignation at the Aug. 6 council meeting.
Council could appoint the candidate who received the most votes during the October municipal election, call for nominations or appoint someone. It could also hold a by election.
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