Warwick’s mayor wants to be deputy warden of Lambton

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Warwick Mayor Jackie Rombouts is the latest to put her name forward for one of the top jobs in Lambton County.

Today, during a virtual county council meeting, Rombouts announced she would seek the deputy warden’s position during the December election among the elected leaders of the county.

Sarnia Councillor Mike Stark previously announced he would seek the position.

There will also be a race for warden. Current warden, Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber, is seeking a third term at the helm of council. Deputy warden, Enniskillen Mayor Kevin Marriott is also seeking the top job.

Members of county council elect the warden and deputy warden. Normally, politicians interested in the job announce their intentions during a warden’s dinner earlier in the year. That dinner didn’t take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic will also change the election which is steeped in tradition. The council chambers in Wyoming is normally packed with family and friends as well as past wardens to watch the election unfold. Once the decision is made, the new warden is brought back into the council chamber in the tricorned hat and robes to the sound of the pipes

This year, councillors have voted to hold the election in a virtual meeting Dec. 2.