Gary McNamara


For Mayor Gary McNamara, there are two priorities in life – family and service to the community.  Mayor McNamara was first elected to Tecumseh Town Council in 1991, and has served as Mayor since 2003.  He occupies numerous leadership roles, including Chair of Essex Power Corporation, Chair of the Windsor Essex Health Unit and, from 2014-16, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).   See below for more details.


Mayor – Gary McNamara

Community Involvement

  • Chair – Windsor Essex County Health Unit
  • Chair – Essex Power Corporation
  • Board Member – Utilismart Corporation
  • Lead Contact – Community Control Group – Emergency Response Plan

Committee Work

  • Chair – Town of Tecumseh Personnel Committee
  • Member – Town of Tecumseh Corn Festival Committee
  • Member – Town of Tecumseh Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Member – Town of Tecumseh Police Services Board
  • Councillor – County of Essex
  • Member – Windsor-Essex County Environment Committee
  • Member – Windsor-Essex County Housing Advisory Committee
  • President – Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
  • Member and Past Chair – Ontario Small Urban Caucus
  • Chair – AMO Local Authority Services Ltd. (LAS)
  • Chair – AMO Energy Task Force

Important Issues for 2014-18

  • Mayor McNamara is a strong advocate of open communication to support municipalities in the region in building capacity and develop economic development strategies, in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation
  • Maintain high standards in municipal services at the lowest cost possible
  • Maintain affordable tax base
  • Continue to put Oldcastle on full municipal services
  • Enhance relationships with key community stakeholders
  • Defend the importance of keeping small neighbourhood schools open
  • Work with the County to increase Manning Road capacity
  • Explore inter-municipal services
  • Phased in implementation of the new Ontario Provincial Police billing model, which will bring residents $2 million in tax relief over 5 years
  • Develop enhanced turf and track at L’Essor high school
  • Implement the next phase of the Lakewood South Park Development, including walking and bike trails, an amphitheatre and other amenities
  • Support enhanced indoor sports facilities such as an indoor soccer complex and walking track