Nando Iannicca’s retirement from local politics has been short lived.
The former Mississauga Ward 7 councillor, who announced earlier this year he would not be seeking re-election for the seat, has been selected as chair of Peel Region.
In an open vote held at by Peel’s 24 regional councillors on Dec. 7, Iannicca defeated his only other opponent – former Liberal Ontario Finance Minister and Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa.
“The Region of Peel is a very special institution,” said Iannicca after the appointment. “What we do, we do well. We are so well-positioned for the future. I look forward to working together with regional council to ensure that we respond to the needs of Peel region in these challenging times.”
Iannicca follows former Mississauga Ward 4 councillor Frank Dale in the position. Dale decided not to seek re-election to the post. Iannicca and Dale were rookie councillors together when they were first elected in Mississauga in 1988.
Although, in February, Iannicca said he would not run for re-election this year. By July, he had reversed course and announced his intention to seek the regional chair.
Historically, the job as Peel chair has been elected by a vote of regional councillors that are comprised of elected representatives of Caledon, Brampton and Mississauga. That was supposed to change this year when the former Liberal provincial government decided the position would be voted on by the public at large. However, when the Conservative government was elected in the spring, new Premier Doug Ford announced the voting procedure would revert back to the old system. As well, earlier this year former provincial Conservative leader Patrick Brown said he would run for the top Peel position. However, he subsequently changed his mind and successfully ran for mayor of Brampton.
The role of the chair is to conduct and lead regional council meetings as well as to represent and advocate and behalf of Peel. The region represents 1.4 million people and is responsible for such municipal services as policing, waste management, public health and long-term care facilities, among others. As chair, Iannicca will earn an annual salary of approximately $180,000.