Lehman elected chair of Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman is taking over from Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion as chair of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO). He was elected at the group’s meeting in Oakville, Feb. 7.
“I’m honoured to be elected as chair of LUMCO,” said Lehman. “While following Mayor McCallion is a tall order, I look forward to continuing her work in advancing the issues most important to Ontario’s largest cities.”
LUMCO is made up of 26 mayors representing cities with populations more than 100,000, and represents 67 per cent of Ontario’s population. Mayor McCallion will retire this fall, after serving as chair of LUMCO and as Mayor of Mississauga for 35 years.
“It has been a privilege to work with mayors across Ontario on issues we have in common,” she said. “I’m sure Mayor Lehman will carry on with the important work LUMCO does on behalf of all Ontario’s large municipalities.”
LUMCO works to advance the standards of municipal government through public policy development, advocacy and discussion. It ultimately represents the large urban municipal viewpoint within the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) and to other authorities and levels of government.
LUMCO’s key priorities for 2014 include gridlock and transit, the rising cost of emergency services, and job creation.
As chair, Lehman will provide leadership on advocacy plans and be the spokesperson for LUMCO. A chair and vice-chair are elected by LUMCO members to serve a two year term.