Tecumseh Town Council has one Mayor, one Deputy Mayor, and five ward Councillors. Each serves a four-year term.

Inauguration of the 2018 to 2022 Council took place on December 4, 2018. View the Warden's Inaugural speech. The current Council will serve from December 1, 2018 until November 14, 2022. Everyone in the Town elects the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. You elect the Councillor for the ward you live in. Each member has one vote on items before Council.

Council and committee meetings

Council meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at 7 pm, in the Council Chambers, Tecumseh Town Hall at 917 Lesperance Road.

View the Council Meeting Calendar to see our current schedule for Council and Committee meetings and to access agendas and minutes of meetings. Special Council Meetings and Public Council Meetings can occur at other times. 

Archived agendas and minutes can also be viewed. 

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Members of Council

You can contact a member of Council by emailing them or by calling their personal phone number listed below. You can also call 519-735-2184, ext. 113 to speak to the Administrative Assistant to Mayor and Council.

View our contact information for Council Members for the 2018-2022 Term.

Mayor Gary McNamara

Mayor Gary McNamaraEmail Gary McNamara

Phone: 519 735-2184, extension 115

1562 Carmelita Crt., Tecumseh, ON N8N 0E3

Biography of Mayor 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 2011-12 and 2014-16, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

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 

  • Member – Town of Tecumseh Personnel Committee
  • Member – Town of Tecumseh Corn Festival Committee
  • Chair – Town of Tecumseh Policy and Priorities Committee
  • Member – Town of Tecumseh Police Services Board
  • Warden – County of Essex
  • Member – Windsor-Essex County Housing Advisory Committee
  • Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO):
    • Member – Board of Directors
    • Member – Executive Committee
    • Member – Memorandum of Understanding Committee
    • Member – Committee of the Whole
    • Past Chair – Ontario Small Urban Caucus
    • Chair – County Caucus
    • Chair – AMO Local Authority Services Ltd. (LAS)
    • Past Chair – Energy Task Force
    • Vice-Chair – ONE Investment Fund Local Authority Services (LAS-AMO) 

Important Issues for 2018-22 

  • Mayor McNamara is a strong advocate of open communication to support municipalities in the region in building capacity and developing 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 (County Road 42) and realign County Road 42-43
  • Explore inter-municipal services 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 a splash pad
  • Support enhanced indoor sports facilities (Tecumseh SportsPlex) such as an indoor soccer complex, walking track, and cardiac rehabilitation centre
  • Broadband expansion
  • Create Smart City Initiative.
Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti

Deputy Mayor Joe BachettiEmail Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti

Phone: 519-979-3339

1918 Corbi Lane, Tecumseh, ON N8N 5C8

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Biography of Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti

Joe Bachetti was re-elected to his second term as Deputy Mayor for the Town of Tecumseh in 2018 after having served as a municipal councillor since 1994. Joe is a long time resident of Tecumseh and resides at 1918 Corbi Lane with his wife Brenda (teacher at St. Pius X School) and three daughters, Daniela, Sabrina and Julia. He is a graduate from the University of Windsor with a B.A., B.Ed degrees with majors in Business, French and Education. He is an elementary school principal for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.

Joe wants to continue to work collaboratively with Council and administration in making Tecumseh the best place to live and raise a family by maintaining affordable taxes, planned development, keeping our neighborhoods safe and clean along with being progressive and innovative.

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach
  • Member of the Knights of Columbus Victor C. Cote Council 9671
  • Eucharistic Minister at Ste. Anne’s Church
  • Affiliated Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261
  • Member of the Tecumseh Area Historical Society
  • Member of the G. Caboto Club
  • Member of the Catholic Principals Council Ontario
  • Terry Fox Run Volunteer
  • Founding Group Tecumseh Windsor Slow Ride
  • Founding Charter Member Sandwich South Optimist Club

 Committee Work

  • Deputy Mayor Town of Tecumseh 2014 to present
  • County of Essex Councillor 2014 - present
  • Tecumseh Councillor 1994-2014
  • Police Services Board Member
  • Essex Region Conservation Authority Board Member
  • Windsor Essex County Health Unit Board Member
  • Chair Town Personnel Committee
  • Tecumseh Corn Festival Volunteer
  • Taste of Tecumseh Food and Wine Festival Volunteer
  • Founding Member of the Skateboard Committee
  • Past President – Tecumseh Seniors’ Transit

Important Issues for 2018-2022

  • Maintain flood mitigating strategies and programs to assist residents
  • Expand arena into a modern day facility for all age groups to benefit
  • Important to improve our road systems  to alleviate traffic congestion
  • Need to continue with our CIP program to revitalize our Main Street corridor by providing incentives to land owners to improve and beautify their properties
  • Foster regional cooperation to add a transit bus service to link routes in our region which allows easy access for students, seniors and people with special needs a necessary mode of transportation
  • Prepare for succession planning with our senior administration
  • Support more affordable homes especially for seniors on fixed incomes that want to stay and live in Tecumseh
  • Paved Shoulders/Multi-Use Lanes - need to identify and construct more infrastructure for pedestrian and cycling safety
  • Review customer service and implement a customer friendly system
  • Address the rat population with property standard enforcement
  • Enforce speeding throughout municipality. 
Ward 1 Councillor - Andrew Dowie 

Councillor Andrew DowieEmail Councillor Andrew Dowie

Phone: 226 773-1910

461 Amberly Cres., Tecumseh, ON N8N 3L8

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Biography of Councillor Andrew Dowie

Andrew Dowie was first elected as Councillor to represent the residents of Ward 1 in October 2014, and is proud to be able to continue to serve the residents of the Town of Tecumseh. He is a licensed Professional Engineer specializing in the planning and construction of municipal environmental and transportation infrastructure.

Andrew is a graduate of Université d’Ottawa, completing French language degrees in Civil Engineering and Computing Technology.  Andrew was able to become bilingual in the Town of Tecumseh as a student of St. Antoine, Ste. Marguerite d’Youville and l’Essor schools.

Andrew is also a graduate of the Leadership Windsor-Essex Program operated by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County.

Andrew currently volunteers as Group Commissioner of the 35th Tecumseh Legion Scout Group of Scouts Canada, and as a Member and Past Chair of the Windsor-Essex Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Community Involvement

  • Group Commissioner - 35th Tecumseh Legion Scout Group, Scouts Canada
  • Member and Past Chair - Professional Engineers Ontario, Windsor-Essex Chapter
  • Past Member, Government Liaison Committee - Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Past Member - Leadership Windsor-Essex Alumni Committee
  • Past Member - Detroit River Canadian Cleanup
  • Past Member - Rotary Windsor-Walkerville
  • Past Member - Senate (Elected), Université d'Ottawa
  • Regional Delegate - Youth Summit on Sustainable Urban Transportation

Community Recognition

  • Leadership Windsor-Essex, Top 40 Under 40 Award
  • Leadership Windsor-Essex, Alumni of Distinction Award
  • Fellow of Engineers Canada designation
  • Professional Engineers Ontario, G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award
  • Professional Engineers Ontario, Order of Honour
  • Scouts Canada, Bar to the Medal for Good Service

Committee Work

  • Town of Tecumseh Committee of Adjustment
  • Town of Tecumseh Property Standards Committee
  • Essex County Library Board
  • Tecumseh Corn Festival Committee
  • Town of Tecumseh Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee
  • Town of Tecumseh Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Tecumseh Business Improvement Association Board of Management

Important Issues for 2018-2022

  • Further developing Council’s customer service tools to ensure the best possible resident engagement
  • Ensuring that Council achieves the best possible value in services delivered
  • Completing the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan and implementing enhancements to our core public infrastructure. 
Ward 2 Councillor - Bill Altenhof

Councillor Bill AltenhofEmail Councillor Bill Altenhof

Phone: 519-818-1067

266 Edgewater Boulevard, Tecumseh, ON N8N 2H2

Biography of Councillor Bill Altenhof

Bill Altenhof is a life-long resident of St. Clair Beach.  He attended St. Gregory Elementary School and St. Anne’s High school.  He graduated from the University of Windsor in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Materials Option), in 1997 with a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and in 1999 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

He is a tenured Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering at the University of Windsor, where he has been employed since 1999.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and is the Editor of the International Journal of Crashworthiness.

Bill has developed a world class research team at the University of Windsor with a focus on material deformation for safety applications.  His research has resulted in U.S. and Canadian Patents and some very innovative safety designs for child restraint seats which are now implemented today. His research activities have involved and engaged a number of large and small companies throughout the Windsor-Essex Region, as well as on an International level. In April 2016, Bill hosted the International Crashworthiness Symposium at the University of Windsor. This event attracted automotive engineers and industry leaders from around the world to our region.

In 2004 the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) awarded Bill with the Ralph E. Teetor Education Award which recognizes outstanding engineering educators.  In 2008, he received The Engineering Medal - Young Engineer Award from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).  He has also been recognized as one of the Top 50 Alumni of Achievement from the University of Windsor.

He has been a member of Good Shepherd Parish (formerly St. Gregory Parish) all his life, serving as altar server, lector, member of the finance committee and co-chair of the building committee.

Bill is an active Tecumseh resident.  He has completed triathlons, a half-marathon and many local races, including the annual Tecumseh Terry Fox Walk/Run.  Bill is often seen throughout the Town running, biking and playing soccer with his family and friends.

Bill is married to Andrea and together they are blessed with twin boys Michael and Jacob.

Important Issues for 2018 – 2022

  • Enhanced safety for pedestrians, cyclist and vehicles
  • Maintain and enhance services for residents
  • Attention and enhancement to infrastructure
  • Appropriate education and abatement of pests to ensure a healthy community
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility

Affiliations:

  • PEO - Professional Engineering Ontario
  • SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
  • University of Windsor, Faculty Association
  • Member Good Shepherd Parish

Committee Experience

  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Reviewer Panel for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program
  • University of Windsor Faculty Coordinating Council for Engineering
  • University of Windsor Student Senate Committee
  • University of Windsor Faculty of Engineering Appeals Committee

Community Involvement

  • Organizer of the first International Crashworthiness Symposium (April 2016)
  • Child Restraint Seat Installer volunteering with the Tecumseh OPP
  • Life-long member of Good Shepherd Parish
  • Parent volunteer with St. Gregory School and D.M. Eagle School
  • Mentor and past judge for the Canada Wide Science Fair
  • Coached Tecumseh T-Ball and McAuliffe Park Soccer Teams
  • Past member of Windsor Aquatic Club (WAC)
  • Timer for Windsor Aquatic Club
  • Participant in many local running races and triathlons
  • Past member of Tecumseh’s Committee of Adjustment
  • Past Board of Management member of the Tecumseh Business Improvement Area
  • Current member of Tecumseh’s Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee
  • Current member of Tecumseh’s Heritage Committee 
Ward 3 Councillor - Ricardo (Rico) Tonial 

Councillor Rick TonialEmail Councillor Rick Tonial

Phone: 519-999-0344

1445 Poisson St., Tecumseh, ON N8N 1T5

Biography of Councillor Rick Tonial

Rick Tonial, also known as Rico, has lived his whole life in Tecumseh (the former Sandwich South). He is married to his high school friend Laurie Tonial (Soulliere), who also grew up in Tecumseh, and is a teacher at St. Pius school for the past 30 years. They have two wonderful children, Jenna (special needs teacher) and Nick (medical school student at the University of Western Ontario).

Rick Tonial was a police officer with the Village of St. Clair Beach for 12 years and a Sergeant with the Tecumseh O.P.P. for 18 years. He retired from policing in 2018.

In the fall of 2018, Rick Tonial won a seat on municipal council as the Ward 3 Councillor. As part of Rick's new position, he looks forward to continue to serve the residents of Tecumseh and Ward 3. Rick would like to thank the citizens for their support and looks forward to resolving their issues. 

Ward 4 Councillor - Brian Houston

Councillor Brian HoustonEmail Councillor Brian Houston

Phone: 519-819-5782

2653 12th Concession, Tecumseh, ON N8N 2M1

Biography of Councillor Brian Houston

This is Councillor Brian Houston’s second term on Council representing Ward 4, first being elected in October 2014.

Brian was born and raised in the rural community of Thamesville, Ontario and has been a resident of Tecumseh since 2003 with his wife Elisa Houston and two daughters ages 8 and 10.

Brian attended the University of Windsor where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Administration degree in 2002. He has a career in office products sales and also has financial banking experience.

Brian continues to be proud to serve the residents of Ward 4 and all of Tecumseh. He is looking forward to continuing to be a strong community leader and make a positive impact for our residents. He is looking forward to working with his fellow councillors, our administration and the residents of our great Town to ensure Tecumseh is the best place to live, work and raise a family.

Community Involvement 

  • St Clair Beach Optimist Club member

Committee Work

  • Tecumseh Business Improvement Area Director
  • Tecumseh Representative for the Lakeshore Dog Pound

Important Issues for 2015-2018

  • Ensure that Council maintains our low taxes and delivers the best value of services
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve our infrastructure
  • Execute proper planned development to foster growth in our Town
  • Expand multi-use lanes and sidewalks for our residents to increase pedestrian safety. 
Ward 5 Councillor - Tania Jobin 

Councillor Tania JobinEmail Councillor Tania Jobin

Phone: 519 791-4213

4710 11th Concession, Maidstone, ON N0R 1K0

Biography of Councillor Tania Jobin

Councillor Tania Jobin was first elected to Council in 2010. 

Tania was born and raised in the hub of Maidstone and now resides on the 11th Concession with her husband Paul Jobin and four children ages 16, 14, 13, and 12. 

Tania is a successful Owner/Operator of a family business for the past 18 years. She has also worked in various organizations within Essex County.  Tania holds a certification in Human Resources, Health and Safety, Cost Control, Communication, Customer Service, Morale and Leadership, Advance Food and Safety, Safety Water Training, and holds a recruitment / training / disciplinary qualification. 

Community Involvement 

  • Lifetime St. Mary's Parish/Park Member (15 years coaching women and youth leagues, 35 years active baseball player, 16 years Lenten card party volunteer).
  • Coordinator - Tim Horton's Camp Day
  • Volunteer - Art in the Park
  • Participant - Relay 4 Life
  • Participant - Detroit Windsor Free Press Marathon
  • Participant - Tecumseh Try a Triathalon
  • Volunteer - Bowling for Big Brothers Fundraiser
  • Member - St. Mary's School S.A.C. French Immersion Sub-Committee

Committee Work 

  • Member - Tecumseh Cultural & Arts Committee
  • Member - Town of Tecumseh Heritage Committee
  • Member - Town of Tecumseh Corn Festival Committee
  • Member - Town of Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • ERCA Board member - 4 years and current Vice-Chair

Important Issues for 2018 - 2022

  • Reviewing the Town's Rural Watermain Policy
  • Educate and better inform residents on municipal drains and drainage related matters
  • Work collaboratively with Council on making decisions that are in the best interest of the entire municipality.
Certificate requests 

Congratulatory certificates from the Council of the Town of Tecumseh are available to honour:

  • Birthdays (80 years or more);
  • Wedding anniversaries (50 years or more);
  • Anniversaries of private companies (50 years or more);
  • Anniversaries of non-profit service or social clubs and religious groups (25 years or more); and
  • Retirement (25 years or more).

If you would like to request a certificate, please contact the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor & Council at least 3 to 4 weeks before the event.

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act protects the information that you provide.

You can also request congratulatory letters from other levels of government. Contact them at:

Code of Conduct 
Policy 63 - Code of Conduct for Members of Council, Committees, and Local Boards guides Council members in their actions and behavior during meetings, how they use, influence, and protect confidential information, and how they interact with the community.  
Councillors' salaries and expenses 
The Municipal Act requires a Statement of Remuneration and Expenses paid to Councillors every year.  Every March 30th, the previous year's information is published. The Canada Revenue Agency defines the Councillors' salaries.  Expenses include travel and other costs.