Mayor of Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow

Dave Barrow

225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4

Telephone: 905-771-8800, ext. 3123
Fax: 905-771-2500

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Every community has a handful of names that are well-known to both long-time residents and newcomers alike. In Richmond Hill, Barrow is such a name. Dave Barrow was born and raised in Richmond Hill. He attended McConaghy Public School, Richmond Hill High School and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute prior to entering the family business and Richmond Hill municipal politics.

Dave's political career began with his first term as Councillor of Ward 4 in 1978. He remained Councillor through to 1985 when he returned to the family business after his father's (Elgin Barrow) death. Dave re-entered political life in 1997 by winning a Regional Council seat. He was first elected Mayor on November 13, 2006 and was re-elected on October 25, 2010, October 27, 2014 and again on October 22, 2018.

Dave's two children were both born and raised in Richmond Hill, and now he and his wife Tomye Anne have two wonderful grandchildren - both born at MacKenzie Health Hospital. A 4th generation of Barrows!

Dave has been involved in the community for more than 35 years. He has been recognized by both the City and the Chamber of Commerce for his contributions. He has served as Chair of the York Regional Police Services Board and as a Provincial Appointment to the GO Transit Board.

In 2012, Dave was honoured to receive the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in the community. An award received by his father, Elgin Barrow, for his Richmond Hill community service in the Silver Jubilee year of 1977.

Current Positions and Appointments
  • Mayor, Richmond Hill Council
  • Acting Chair, Region of York
  • Member, Toronto Region Conservation Authority Board
  • Director, Richmond Hill Mobility/Accessibility Foundation
  • Chair, York Region Finance and Administration Committee
  • Board Member, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
  • Chair, Yonge Street Subway Task Force 

As head of Council, the Mayor exercises both statutory duties and executive powers.

These duties include recommending courses of action to Council that improve the finances, health, security, cleanliness and comfort of the municipality. It is the Mayor's responsibility to preserve order while presiding over Council meetings and to summon Special Council meetings as necessary. The Mayor is also a member of Regional Council.

The Mayor plays a lead role in implementing policies, plans and practices to reach Council's objective. 

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