Meet Your Council

Northumberland County Council is comprised of the mayors of each of the seven towns, townships or local municipalities within its boundaries. The head of County Council is called the Warden and is elected annually from amongst its membership.

County Council meets once a month with some exceptions. Open Session of County Council commences at 9:30 a.m. As much as possible, business is conducted in "Open Session" with the exception of matters pertaining to specific individuals, litigation or potential litigation, personnel matters or the receiving of legal advice.

For County Council agendas, minutes and by-laws, visit our Council page.

County councillors

2021 Northumberland County Warden Bob Crate 

Mayor of the Municipality of Trent Hills

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2021 Warden Robert CrateBob Crate is a lifelong resident of Hastings. Elected to council for the Municipality of Trent Hills as the Hastings Ward Councillor in 2010, he served as Deputy Mayor from 2012 until 2017, at which time he was appointed Mayor for the remainder of the term. In 2018, Bob was elected to continue serving as Mayor of the municipality. Bob worked in the wine and spirits industry for over 30 years prior to his retirement in 2018. As the president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 106, he has received the Meritorious Service Medal and a Lifetime Membership in recognition of his service to the organization. In his spare time, Bob enjoys cycling, and was a member of the gold medal-winning hockey team at the Ontario 55 + Winter Games hosted in Cobourg in 2017. He enjoys travelling with his wife and family.

2021 Deputy Warden Mandy Martin

Mayor of the Township of Cramahe

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Mandy MartinMandy Martin has over 40 years’ experience as a communications, journalist and marketing professional. Raised primarily in Gore’s Landing on the south shore of Rice Lake, she began her journalism career with Northumberland Publishers based in Cobourg. She taught photography and worked with an international aid agency in Central America. For 3.5 years, she was as an international travel and business writer/editor with Southam Communications. Her corporate experience includes nine years with Ontario Hydro as a Communications Officer, Public Utilities Liaison and Retail Officer Supervisor. Mandy has a B.A. from Queen’s University in history and psychology. Her volunteer activities include past Vice President of Northumberland United Way, board member of Northumberland Children’s Aid Society, Northumberland Big Sisters, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation, the Royal Canadian Legion Colborne and Decisions for the Great Lakes (Kingston). Currently the Mayor of Cramahe Township, Mandy lives in Colborne.

Gail Latchford

Mayor of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand

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Gail LatchfordComing soon

Brian Ostrander

Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton

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Brian OstranderSince 1992, Brian has worked in the printing and publishing business, building business relationships and working to find new opportunities for business development in an industry that is in flux. Brian was first elected to Brighton Council in 2003. He has taken an active role in community development, sitting on and chairing an array of boards and committees that reflect the needs and character of the community; from public safety to culture to planning. Brian works to drive consensus and bring people together. Brian's wife, Tammy, is a local educator and they have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Megan.

John Henderson

Mayor of the Town of Cobourg

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John HendersonAs a resident of Cobourg for more than three decades, John Henderson is an established educator and dedicated public servant. In 2010, John was elected to the Town of Cobourg Municipal Council taking on the Coordinator roles for Planning and Development and Heritage. John served on the Northumberland County’s Official Plan Steering Committee and was a member of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Accommodation Review Committee. In 2014, John ran for Deputy Mayor and was elected, taking on the General Government Coordinator role and Budget Chief. John chaired the Town of Cobourg’s budget process, the Bylaw Review Team and was a member of the Physician Recruitment Committee and is also an active member on the Cobourg Economic Development Committee and the Downtown Business Improvement Area Board. In 2018, John was acclaimed as Mayor of Cobourg and looks forward to serving his community. He and his wife Donna have three children, Spencer, Devon and Simon.

Bill Cane

Mayor of the Township of Hamilton

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Bill CaneBill was born and raised in Hamilton Township. His educational background includes graduating from Cobourg West Collegiate, McMaster University and Peterborough Teacher's College. Bill has been a member of his local Board of Education for 30 years and has been a part-time firefighter for 42 years at Station #2 in Baltimore. He is the Co-owner/Operator of Cane Quarter Horses with his wife Carol, where he teaches riding lessons to beginners and special needs riders. Prior to being elected as Mayor, Bill served one four-year term as Councillor in Hamilton Township.

Bob Sanderson

Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope

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Councillor Bob SandersonAfter graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1972, Dr. Sanderson began practicing as an associate veterinarian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After moving to Port Hope in 1973 he established Port Hope's first full-time companion animal and equine practice. Dr. Sanderson has extensive corporate experience in the animal health industry, having held senior positions at the Mars Corporation (the world's leading authority on pet care and nutrition), and IDEXX Laboratories (Canada's largest veterinary diagnostic company). First elected in 1979, he served on Port Hope Council during the historic flood in 1980. A long-time advocate of heritage preservation, he received a Heritage Award for his restoration of the Little Bluestone (circa 1834) on King Street. Dr. Sanderson was previously the owner/operator of several Port Hope dining and accommodation establishments. His daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons also live in Port Hope.