John Henry has officially been declared elected to the Office of Durham Regional Chair. Henry will be sworn in during the inaugural council meeting of the 2018 to 2022 term, which is scheduled for December 5 at 10 a.m. at Regional Headquarters.
Henry is currently the Mayor of the City of Oshawa. Mayor Henry has been involved in municipal politics since 2006. He was first elected as Regional Councillor. He is currently serving his second term as Oshawa’s Mayor. Throughout these years, Henry served on the Region’s Planning & Economic Development Committee and as a member of the Durham Regional Police Services Board. Born and raised in Oshawa, Henry is a local entrepreneur and is a graduate of both Durham College and George Brown College. He was also trained as an Industrial Fire Fighter, Ice Rescue Specialist and Dive Rescue Specialist (Level 1).
Henry will act as head of Durham Regional Council and Chief Executive Officer of the corporation; he will, in part, preside over all meetings of Regional Council; promote and advance the Region’s position on a wide variety of municipal matters; represent Durham Region on various boards, committees and organizations; and undertake other significant duties. He is the sixth person to serve as Regional Chair, since the Region was formed in 1974.