Trotter returns to city council
Residency does matter. Steve Trotter became Barrie’s new Ward 6 councillor Monday night, appointed by city council after beating Lynn Strachan in a close 5-4 , second-ballot vote.
He has more than a decade of previous experience on Barrie city council.
“With that experience, I believe I can hit the ground running,” Trotter said Monday.
Trotter was Ward 6/7 councillor from 1994 to 2006, losing to John Brassard, who went on to become Barrie-Innisfil MP. Andrew Prince won the byelection to replace Brassard in Ward 7.
“It really came down to, I think, residency,” Trotter said. “The work experience in the past, being on council, but I think the distinguishing factor really was the difference between the fact that I am in the area and Lynn wasn’t (living) in the area.”
Strachan lives in Ward 2, downtown Barrie, while Trotter resides in Ward 6.
Mayor Jeff Lehman said familiarity is important.
“Because of the timeline, residency does matter,” he said. “They’re talking to their neighbours on the street, they’re going to the stores, to the shops, to the rec centres, the parks that are in the area. They’ve already got that base of knowledge. It does, to me, lend an advantage to doing the job effectively.”
A total of 31 people (Brian Jackson withdrew his name Monday) applied for the Ward 6 vacancy created when Michael Prowse became Barrie’s chief administrative officer (CAO), as of July 1.
In the first ballot, Trotter got three votes from council members, Strachan two and Constance Elliott, Gary Harvey, Brad Thompson and Laurie Watt received one vote each.
Those receiving the lowest number of votes, and no votes, were eliminated, leaving Trotter and Strachan.
The winner needed to receive more than half of the votes cast.
Mayor Jeff Lehman and Couns. Barry Ward, Bonnie Ainsworth, Sergio Morales and Mike McCann voted for Trotter in the second ballot.
Couns. Doug Shipley, Rose Romita, Andrew Prince and Arif Khan voted for Strachan, who served on council from 2003 until 2014.
“I feel like I have the most recent and and relevant experience around the council table, having only being away for three years,” Strachan said while making her pitch Monday. “It’s one thing to be able to listen to the concerns of residents; it’s another thing to be able to action those concerns.”
Because the next city election is in 2018, many councillors said experience was important in picking the new Ward 6 councillor. There isn’t time for much of a learning curve.
Trotter acknowledged as much in his written material to councillors.
“Unfortunately this is not the time in your term for on-the-job training,” he said. Lehman said so too. “The challenge here obviously is the learning curve,” he said. “It’s not something that folks who have not done the job may be as aware of.
“The decision ultimately here is who here can best represent the residents of Ward 6 for the next 10 months, or for however long it takes for the council to become lame duck, so about 12 or 13 (months).”
Trotter said he will just be part of a team of councillors for the rest of this term.
“I’m not here to re-invent the wheel. Council set priorities out in 2014 and … there’s just a little bit of time to accomplish those,” he said. “I’m a team player and am just going to support the priorities council has, and serve the residents of Ward 6.
“The one major thing is really supporting the residents of Ward 6, making sure their voices are heard, that their opinions regarding development applications or local issues are acted on.”
Trotter, 55, was sworn in as the new Ward 6 councillor during next Monday night’s council meeting.
Trotter has a master of business administration, finance degree from York University, a bachelor of arts, management and economics degree from the University of Guelph and is a graduate of Georgian College Barrie’s municipal administration program.
Since 1998, he has been employed by Synnex Canada in Toronto, a computer hardware and software consumer electronics distributor.
Trotter is the company’s director of credit for Canada, managing a team of 25 people in multiple locations responsible for monthly accounts receivable. firstname.lastname@example.org
First ballot Steve Trotter – Mayor Jeff Lehman, Couns. Bonnie Ainsworth, Barry Ward Lynn Strachan – Couns. Doug Shipley, Rose Romita Constance Elliott – Coun. Arif Khan Gary Harvey – Coun. Andrew Prince Brad Thompson – Coun. Mike McCann Laurie Watt – Coun. Sergio Morales Second ballot Steve Trotter - Mayor Jeff Lehman, Couns. Barry Ward, Bonnie Ainsworth, Sergio Morales, Mike McCann Lynn Strachan - Couns. Doug Shipley, Rose Romita, Andrew Prince, Arif Khan Ed. Note: Coun. Peter Silveira was absent, for health reasons.
Steve Trotter talks with local media after becoming Barrie’s new Ward 6 councillor Monday night, after beating Lynn Strachan in a close 5-4, second-ballot vote.
Steve Trotter became Barrie’s new Ward 6 councillor Monday night. He was appointed by city council after beating Lynn Strachan.
While making her pitch to council, Lynn Strachan expresses that she has the most recent and and relevant experience around the council table. Steve Trotter became Barrie’s new Ward 6 councillor Monday night after beating Strachan in a close, second-ballot vote.