Currently the longest-serving Chairman in the Region's history
TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch
today informed members of Regional Council his intention to retire from
public service following the current term of office, effective November
Chairman Fisch is currently the longest-serving Chairman in the Region's
history, and will complete a 17-year tenure upon his retirement and 26
years of public service.
"My decision to retire is based on the right reason; my family," said
Chairman Fisch. "By the end of this term, I will be almost 66 years old
and it is time to devote my energy to my wife, Tova, my children and
"It is no cliché when I say I have enjoyed the best job I could ever
imagine, surrounded by great people on Regional Council, and skilled
and dedicated Regional staff," added Chairman Fisch. "We have enjoyed
many accomplishments together, and this Region, which is my home, will
enjoy many more."
First elected to the then Town of Markham as a local Councillor in 1988
and a Markham Regional Councillor in 1994, Chairman Fisch became the
Region's fifth Chairman in 1997, when he was elected by members of
Regional Council to succeed Eldred King. He was subsequently acclaimed
by Regional Council following the next four municipal elections.
In his capacity as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of York Region,
Chairman Fisch is an ex-officio member of all Regional Committees.
Known as a results-oriented leader, Chairman Fisch is well-regarded for
his vast political experience and ability to give all opinions equal
"I often describe York Region as a confederation of nine vibrant
communities, and each possess unique attributes that make us a
destination of choice," said Chairman Fisch. "It has been an honour to
serve Council and the residents of this great Region, and I will
continue to serve in the same fashion for the balance of this term."
Chairman Fisch has served as a Board member for a number of
organizations, including York Regional Police Services Board,
Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Toronto and Regional
Conservation Authority, York Central Hospital, Metrolinx, GO Transit
Board and has been Chair and CEO of the Rapid Transit Board since 2002.
A leader in the community and volunteer efforts, Chairman Fisch has
directed fundraising efforts to the United Way York Region, Ontario
Special Olympics, Children's Safety Village of York Region and the
Chairman Dinner for the Arts to showcase new artists.
A graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Chairman
Fisch holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was
a practicing lawyer for 21 years.
The Regional Municipality of York provides services to 1.1 million
residents and 41,000 businesses that employ 516,000 people
SOURCE: Regional Municipality of York
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