The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Roger Anderson elected to Office of Regional Chair

WHITBY, ON November 05, 2014

The Regional Municipality of Durham would like to advise residents that Roger Anderson has been officially elected to the Office of Regional Chair. Anderson will be officially sworn in during the inaugural (first) council meeting of the 2014 to 2018 term, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3.

With this victory, Anderson has made history for a second time. In early 2013, he was named Durham Region’s longest-serving Regional Chair (a role he has held since December 1997). Now, he is the first person to be directly elected into a role that was historically filled by appointment.

Anderson moved to Ajax at the age of 14 after spending his early years in Scarborough. From 1978 to 1988, he served as a constable with the Durham Regional Police Service. In 1992, he formed his own real estate company, which he sold in July 2014. He remains an associate broker with this office.  

Previous to his role as Regional Chair, Anderson held various political positions. He was elected to the role of Ajax councillor in 1985; served as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Ajax from 1991 to 1997; and has been serving as Regional Chair since December 1997. At the Regional level, he has been Chair of the Durham Region Transit Commission since its inception on Jan. 1, 2006; and has served several terms as Chair of the Durham Regional Police Services Board.

He has also been an advocate outside of Durham Region. Anderson was president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) from 2004 to 2006 and continues to serve on its board; is a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and serves on several of its standing committees; has been a member of the GO Transit board; and was a founding board member for Metrolinx.

Within the community, Anderson sits on the Board of Directors for the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance and Windreach Farms. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, which was awarded to Canadians who demonstrated significant contributions and/or achievements.

Heading into his 18th year as Regional Chair, Anderson will continue to act as head of Durham Regional Council and Chief Executive Officer of the corporation; preside over all meetings of Regional Council; be a member of all standing committees; promote and advance the Regional position on matters; represent Durham Region on various boards, committees and organizations; and other significant duties.

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