The City of Quinte West is governed by a mayor and a 12 member council with representatives from each of the four City Wards. Each is elected to a four-year term through the municipal election process.
City Council conducts its business using the standard committee system. The committees offer policy and operational recommendations to the council on an ongoing basis.
The City of Quinte West was formed in 1998 by the amalgamation of four former municipalities: City of Trenton, Sidney Township, Murray Township, and Village of Frankford. These former individual municipalities now represent the four wards with the City of Quinte West ward system.
Hello, I’m Jim Harrison, mayor of the great City of Quinte West. I am a retired elementary school principal of 33 years and currently live in Murray ward with my wife, Jane. I have two grown children and six grandchildren. I look after my family farm and herd cattle when not sitting at the head of the horseshoe.
This is my second term as mayor of Quinte West. Before my first term as mayor in 2014, I served as a Quinte West councillor from 1997 – 2014 and Deputy Reeve of Murray Township from 1991 – 1997.
My focus remains on ensuring residents have access to healthcare, upgrading our infrastructure to support growth, developing our waterfront and working on a solution to the local affordable housing crisis. Everyone deserves the chance to call Quinte West their home.
As mayor, I sit on all city committees, which allows me to see the great progress our city is making in every department. As a member of the Eastern Ontario Mayors Caucus, I regularly check in with the Mayors of 11 urban municipalities of eastern Ontario, giving me the chance to see how our neighbours are doing and what Quinte West can improve on. My extensive municipal experience provides me with much insight into how to address our community’s needs. I love my city, and I stand behind my words proudly that Quinte West is the best!
Ward 1 – Trenton
Hello, I’m Councillor Sally Freeman. We moved our family to Trenton in 1977. We fell in love with the entire Quinte area and decided to make this our permanent home. After a few years, I became a real estate agent and got to know every corner of our city and beyond. After becoming involved in politics, I ran and was elected as an alderman in Trenton. After amalgamation, I became a councillor representing the Trenton Ward. I also spent ten years as a salesperson at Leon’s. I retired from there to look after my mother, who was no longer able to stay alone in her home. I remained on council the entire time.
I am also on a volunteer board of directors working towards bringing the Quinte Museum of Natural History (my dinosaur museum) to our city. It’s a massive project, but it’s inspiring to think about what it could do for tourism in the Quinte area. One of my favourite pastimes is enjoying the many beautiful golf courses that we have in Quinte West and the many trails that you can enjoy all year round. I welcome everyone to stroll downtown, enjoy the many shops and restaurants we have to offer, and then walk over to the Trent Port Marina for ice cream and take in the beauty of the Bay of Quinte. You, too may end up wanting to make Quinte West your permanent home, as we did.
My name is Michael Kotsovos, and I’m a councillor for the City of Quinte West. Besides spending four years in Guelph earning my university degree, I have lived in Trenton my entire life – playing sports, volunteering and operating a restaurant. My family taught me the importance of community involvement and forming lasting partnerships. Having their support has allowed me to follow my passion for public service.
In 2014, I was elected by Quinte West residents as a Trenton Ward Councillor. I am fluent in both official languages. My focus areas include economic and waterfront development, community engagement and wellness and health care advocacy. I lead by example and make decisions with Quinte West’s best interests in mind.
Welcome to Quinte West. I’m Fred Kuypers, and I’ve been on council with the City of Quinte West since amalgamation in 1998. I represent the Trenton Ward. Before joining council, I owned Trenton Glass and Windows and served the community for many years.
Since joining the City of Quinte West Council, I have sat on and chaired numerous committees. I was involved in the Trent Port Marina and the YMCA construction, and I’m very proud of both facilities.
I have a passion for city events and the Front Street Farmers’ Market. I love seeing the parks filled with people enjoying a sunny day.
Before I retire from being a councillor with Quinte West, I would love to expand the waterfront trail connecting Centennial Park to Bain Park.
Are you coming to Quinte West? Make a day out of it and visit the National Air Force Museum of Canada, grab an ice cream from Trent Port Marina and browse the vendors and the Farmers’ Market!
Hi, I’m David O’Neil, and I’m a councillor in the Trenton Ward for the City of Quinte West. I am currently serving my first term on Quinte West Council for Trenton Ward, being elected in 2018. I am a self-employed Chartered Professional Accountant with a BA (HBA) from Western University. I have previously served the County of Northumberland, the Town of Cobourg in senior financial roles.
In my previous positions with Northumberland County and the Town of Cobourg, I performed an extensive list of senior management tasks, including coordinating annual budgets and developing a long-term financial plan. I monitored and assessed monthly statements, reviewed and prepared quarterly projections, identified strategic approaches to funding opportunities, and maintained knowledge of economic conditions and government operations.
I completed financial statements, financial information returns, and municipal performance measurement returns for the Town of Cobourg. I was also part of the team that implemented a change over to the Great Plains accounting system.
I currently serve as the President of Fraser & O’Neil Developments Ltd. I own and operate this development company, which develops and leases properties in the Trenton area. Businesses that use these properties include Tim Horton’s, Boston Pizza, McDonald’s and Petro Canada Service Station.
Hello and welcome to Quinte West. My name is Leslie Roseblade, and I represent Trenton Ward on Quinte West City Council. I have six years of experience as a councillor for Quinte West for Trenton Ward. I have had a 33-year career working for municipalities, retiring as parks and facilities manager for the Municipality of Port Hope as my latest position. My favourite pastime is spending time with my family at the cottage and travelling.
There are many projects that I would like to see accomplished in Quinte West, which include the Hospice Quinte Care Centre building and the Quinte Humane Society building. Also, the addition of a dialysis centre at Trenton Memorial Hospital.
Quinte West is a beautiful natural attraction, and we are very proud of our state-of-the-art marina facility. Even if you drive through the city on your next road trip, I encourage you to look to the south from the bridges at the mouth of the Trent Severn waterway and view this spectacular facility.
Ward 2 – Sidney
Hi, I am Terry Cassidy, a councillor with the City of Quinte West in Sidney Ward. My family settled in Sidney Township in 1985. My wife, Jo Belanger and I raised a family of seven children. I worked in municipal social services for 15 years, consulting for eight years and in the non-profit sector for 19 years. I see local politics as a grassroots means of building a community for the disadvantaged, the environment and obtaining social justice. I was first elected in 1991 and have served 22 years as a councillor for Quinte West in Sidney Ward. Jo and I enjoy hobby farming, hiking, the occasional fishing trip and getting together with the kids.
I am working with council for better internet access throughout the city, more affordable housing and strong environmental stewardship.
Quinte West is a great place to live and raise a family. Visit the many natural attractions within and around us. Many members of our military, young professionals and retirees have planted roots here. The soil is good, and the people are friendly.
Welcome to Quinte West. I’m Allan DeWitt, and this is my second term serving on Quinte West Council in the Sidney ward. I own and operate DewMill Enterprises, the largest cemetery work business in the Bay of Quinte Region, away from the council horseshoe. My wife and I also run the Junction Hall in Cherry Valley.
Before you come to Quinte West, check out www.quintewest.ca, or pick up the Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide. These two resources are sure to open your eyes to all of the great things Quinte West has to offer.
The golf in Quinte West is exceptional. With various courses and difficulties, all skill levels can create a lasting memory of the links in Quinte West. Not a golfer? Trade your clubs in for a rod, explore our beautiful waterfront trail and cast a line into the Bay of Quinte or up the Trent-Severn Waterway.
I’m happy to see the development of the upcoming residential six-bed Hospice centre. Our community greatly benefits from Quinte Hospice’s compassion and care. Council has also made great strides in providing service to our vulnerable sector. For example, we recently created a residential tax rebate for low-income seniors.
Once you fall in love with Quinte West, you’ll need to come back and take in a festival or event once we can offer them again. Enjoy your stay in Quinte West!
Hello! My name is Don Kuntze, and I’m a councillor in Sidney Ward on Quinte West City Council. My wife and I married and moved from Belleville to Kenron Estates in the former Sidney Township in 1983. We wanted to start our family, so we moved to Country Club Village in 1987, also in Sidney.
In 1990, I made a career change to the insurance world. You can find me at Mackay Insurance Brokers talking home, car, business and farm insurance.
Living, learning and working in the Quinte area provided me with knowledge, connections, and confidence to become a municipal councillor. I first ran for Sidney Ward councillor in 2006. Although I narrowly missed getting elected that year, little did anyone know another opportunity would present itself in a 2008 By-Election. I was elected to council that spring and re-elected in every election since. I love to help people with city hall’s policies and procedures.
Take a few hours, check out the Sager Conservation area and climb the 97 steps to the tower. Climb the 48 steps of the tower and take in Quinte West in all its glory! Quinte West is the Best.
Hello, I’m Karen Sharpe, councillor in Sidney Ward on Quinte West City Council. I have been a councillor for six years and am currently serving my second term. I enjoy working with residents, partners and council on projects such as doctor recruitment, infrastructure upgrades, trails, active transportation and economic development initiatives.
I have worked in the public sector for 35+ years in parks, recreation, culture and community services for various municipalities, including; Belleville, Peterborough, Lindsay, Markham, Port Hope, Trenton, and Quinte West. I have a B.A. from Queens University, a diploma in Recreation Leadership from Flemming College, a Municipal Management Certificate from Loyalist College, and a member of the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers.
Having lived in Quinte West for over 20 years, I have had the chance to get to know many of you and appreciate the natural attractions our city has to offer. I enjoy walking the trails of Quinte West with my West Highland Terrier Darcey, music, reading and golfing at the many courses in our area.
There is so much to do in Quinte West. My grand-niece and nephew enjoy the National Air Force Museum’s interactive programs and the splash pads and parks. Join us at our farmers’ markets and local food stands providing local fresh foods!
Ward 3 – Murray
Hello and welcome. I’m Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea, and I am one of two councillors in Murray ward. This year, 2021 marks my 29th year serving as an elected official for local government. Before the creation of Quinte West in 1998, I served as a councillor in Murray Township.
I have spent my entire life in the Quinte area. My family has farmed this land for four generations, and I am proud to continue that legacy. I was previously a dairy farmer but now spend my time tending to cash crops. When I’m not tending to my fields, you can find me in my boat. I love spending time out on the water with my family.
As a member of council and the planning advisory committee, I’m excited for the growth that Quinte West has in store. We are developing new trails, more outside recreation, and always looking at how we can provide a better Quinte West to everyone in our great city. If you visit the area, you should check out the National Air Force Museum of Canada; there’s nothing quite like it if you’re a Canadian military history lover. Take some time to hike on one of our beautiful trails and you’ll understand why Quinte West is called A Natural Attraction. To our residents, thank you for making Quinte West your home. Visitors, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Hello and thank you for coming to Quinte West! My name is David McCue, and I’m currently serving my second consecutive term on council for Murray Ward.
Before joining Quinte West council, I worked as a funeral director and was a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years. When I’m not performing a council duty or attending to my business, you can catch me restoring old farming equipment in my spare time.
There are lots of things I enjoy doing in Quinte West. I love to float along Weller’s Bay and up and down the Trent River in my tugboat. It’s a great way to spend a sunny summer afternoon! On land, it brings me a great deal of pride to drive around Quinte West and take in the brand new facilities we’ve worked hard to build, such as the new O.P.P. station on Dixon Dr., the Ops Centre off of North Murray St. and the Water Treatment Plant in Centennial Park. Plus, you can’t beat a walk along the waterfront trails, which I look forward to seeing being further developed.
Currently, I am working on several affordable housing projects to keep residents in Quinte West when they look towards their future. Quinte West is thriving, and I’m happy to be a part of its continued growth. Come feel the love and learn what home really feels like in Quinte West!
Ward 4 – Frankford
As a longtime Frankford resident and a retired elementary school teacher from Frankford Public School, I’ve always enjoyed giving back to the community and being actively involved in many projects and committees. The Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Fantasy Committees are near and dear to my heart. As co-chair of the fundraising committees for the Frankford splash pad, skatepark and library, it was a pleasure to see these projects through to completion. I enjoy walking and snowshoeing the many trails within the city. Nature and resident volunteers are some of Quinte West’s most beautiful features!
Make sure you check out the Frankford Tourist Park – an excellent asset to the city, with a skate park, nearby splash pad, beach and playground areas, and volleyball and basketball courts. Stay overnight at one of our campsites, grab a treat from the canteen and take in local musicians with an evening concert.
I enjoy working with council to welcome more doctors to the area, creating more affordable housing for our residents and developing the natural attractions in Quinte West. I am so proud to be a resident of this evolving community and am privileged to serve as a city council member.
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Invitations to mayor and council
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Milestone certificate request
If you are celebrating a special occasion, such as a wedding anniversary (25 years and up at 5-year intervals), birthday (65 years and up at 5-year intervals) and/or retirement, you can request a congratulatory certificate.