Your Local Government
Mayor Robin Jones
Robin Jones has been the Mayor of the Municipality of the Village of Westport since 2014 and serves on United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Council. Mayor Jones has been elected to the Board of Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) since 2018 and was elected as Chair of Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) in 2021. She was elected Warden of the Counties for 2017 & 18 and also elected as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus in 2018. She is a member of the Board of Management for both Maple View Lodge and St. Lawrence Lodge.
Prior to entering political life, Mayor Jones had a 33 year career in policing, holding senior positions with the Waterloo Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and finished her policing career as Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Police. In 2007, she was seconded to the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and was the Provincial Negotiator for First Nations Police Services throughout Ontario.
In 2021, Robin was appointed by the Government of Ontario to the Ontario Arts Council. Mayor Jones is an active member of her church and In her spare time can be found at a pottery wheel, reading, travelling and hanging out with her dogs aka "the girls”.
MEET YOUR COUNCIL
Councillor Jackalyn Brady is a lifetime resident of Westport. Jackalyn retired in 2002 after a 32 year career as an elementary school teacher. She was appointed to Council in 2006 and is proud to be the fifth generation of her family to serve on Council in the Village of Westport. Jackalyn serves as Chair on both the Historical Advisory Committee and Westport In Bloom Advisory Committee.
Barry Card has been a permanent resident of Westport for 60 yrs. As a boy, he worked here in Westport during the summer in his Uncle's business. He has had several careers, the most significant being 24 yrs. as a Production Superintendent for a major industrial manufacturer in Kingston. He is married to Nancy, his wife of 50+ years and has two adult children, Christina and Jeremy.
Barry has been active as a Volunteer in the Village for over 50 years, having served on the fundraising committee for the initial expansion and upgrade to artificial ice at the Westport Community Centre.
He also served for 45 years as a Fire Department Volunteer, having served at all ranks, including Chief of Dept.
Rob Roberts is a retired family physician. Having previously served on both the Economic Development and Harbour Committees, he now chairs the Tourism Advisory Committee and is Council's representative on the Westport Public Library Board.
Councillor Roberts' grandparents owned the Lexena Hotel (now the Cove) in the 1930's and 1940's. Dr. Roberts and his wife Marianne operated the Roberts House Bed and Breakfast in their Westport family home, until about four years ago.
Councillor Roberts is enthusiastic about attracting and enhancing the experiences of visitors and residents of the Village. He takes his role on Council seriously and encourages residents and business owners to monthly Council meetings.
Ami was born and raised in Westport. She and her husband, Ryan, are raising their two growing daughters, Marin and Aubrey in the beautiful Village of Westport.
Ami has been an Elementary school teacher for the past 15 years. Ami's mother, Rita Merkley, was the first female councillor in the Village of Westport and Ami is following in her footsteps with great pride.
Meet Your Administration
Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
Paul Snider began his new role as CAO/Clerk on January 23, 2017. Paul has 25 years experience in the municipal field, the most recent as the Director of Municipal Services/Clerk in Loyalist Township. Paul is a native of the Village of Westport and has deep roots in the community.
Deputy Clerk/By-Law & Administrative Coordinator
Patti joined the Village in July 2017 after a 25 year career as a law clerk. Patti enjoys reading and hiking the trails of Rideau Lakes with her dog.
Joe joined the Village as Treasurer in March, 2021 and has more than 20 years of municipal experience. He enjoys living with his family in the Elgin area.
Manager of Public Works
Peter joined the Village in December, 2017.
Chris joined the Village in Januaray, 2022.