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Council Members

Kevin Eccles, Mayor

Kevin Eccles

Phone: 519-369-2200

402813 Grey Rd 4 RR 2
Durham, ON N0G 1R0

Kevin Eccles has many years experience as an Elected Official. Kevin first entered public office as a Councillor in 2000 and then became Deputy Mayor in 2003. Kevin was elected to the Office of the Mayor for the Municipality of West Grey in November 2006, and is now serving a third term. Kevin served as Warden of the County of Grey in 2008, 2009 and 2015.

During his time in the Office of the Mayor, Kevin has worked diligently for the West Grey community to tackle a wide variety of issues, including bringing e-technology to our rural / urban municipality; increasing communications, awareness and community dialogue; promoting strategic directions for infrastructure, the environment, municipal programs and services, as well as overall good governance.

Committees and organizations benefiting from his talents and involvement include the West Grey Police Services Board, West Grey Economic Development Committee, Zone 5 Director of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, Director of Northern Credit Union Board, Saugeen Conservation Authority Director and Charter Member of the West Grey Durham Lions Club.

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph with the Ontario Agricultural Diploma. Prior to his political aspirations, Kevin partnered with his father in a dairy farming operation and later was employed in various agricultural related positions.

Kevin enjoys many outdoor activities from golf to hiking. Kevin is an avid armchair fan for hockey, soccer, baseball and football, and enjoys sharing stories of his coaching exploits from minor, junior to senior teams within the area.

Kevin and his wife Jo-Ann reside in the Neustadt / Normanby area, and have two children, Brock and his wife Becca, Brittny and her husband Mitch and five beautiful granchildren.

John A. Bell, Deputy Mayor

John A. Bell

Phone: 519-369-6894

402813 Grey Rd 4 RR 2
Durham, ON N0G 1R0

Bev Cutting, Councillor

Bev Cutting

Phone: 519-986-4635

402813 Grey Rd 4 RR 2
Durham, ON N0G 1R0

Rebecca Hergert, Councillor

Rebecca Hergert

Phone: 519-321-9235

402813 Grey Rd 4 RR 2
Durham, ON N0G 1R0

Rebecca’s family in Iowa has a cash-cropping farm operation (corn and soy beans), along with beef cows. Rebecca and her husband have lived in West Grey since 2007. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa. Her studies at the University of Waterloo would earn her a minor in International Affairs. Rebecca has political experience working in the House of Representative in Iowa. She worked for Service Ontario, specifically the Land Registry Office in Grey County. Rebecca currently is a law clerk at a firm in Brockton. Rebecca is married with three boys. The Hergert’s reside in the historic village of Nenagh, Ontario. The entire family enjoys roller skating frequently, in Neustadt. The Hergert’s appreciate the airport, and library as well. They really adore the beautiful area they have chosen to live.

If you have an idea or concern Council should hear, please share it rhergert@westgrey.com.


Doug Hutchinson, Councillor

Doug Hutchinson

Phone: 519-369-3186

402813 Grey Rd 4, RR 2
Durham ON N0G 1R0

Doug was born in Flesherton and grew up in the Priceville area and Proton Station. He attended Grey Highlands Secondary School and the University of Western Ontario. Doug has worked in the education field for almost 30 years, first as a teacher at Durham District Community School then as a vice-principal in Owen Sound and Walkerton before becoming a principal at Lucknow Public School. He retired in 2008. Doug takes pride in his varied work experience, previous to, and during teaching, in the wood-working industry, golf course maintenance, road and bridge construction, S.V.C.A. park attendant, Ontario Hydro and farm hand.

Doug has always been an active community member and plans to work hard as a council member. He enjoyed his coaching days while teaching, plus with the Durham Soccer Club. He continues to be involved in hockey, curling, and running.

Doug has been married for 41+ years to Mary and has 3 children: James, Amanda, and Holly and one grandchild, Wyatt. He has lived in the Durham area for 35 years.


Carol Lawrence, Councillor

Carol Lawrence

Phone: 519-369-3816

402813 Grey Rd 4 RR 2
Durham, ON N0G 1R0

Rob Thompson, Councillor

Rob Thompson

Phone: 519-369-3052

402813 Grey Rd 4 RR 2
Durham, ON N0G 1R0

Rob was born and raised in Durham, where he attended public school, and highschool in Hanover. Rob brings with him 33 years of policing experience, beginning his policing career when he joined the Town of Durham Police Force in 1976 as a special constable. He became 4th class Constable in 1978 and worked his way up the ranks to Sergeant. In 2007 he became Deputy Chief of the West Grey Police Services until retirement in 2009. Rob was elected to Council in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. A committment to serving the citizens of West Grey will continue to be his priorty. Rob is an avid outdoor enthusist in all seasons. He is married for 34+ years to wife Marilyn, with one daughter, Melissa.