Barrie city council has decided experience is the best way forward for Ward 6.

Steve Trotter was appointed by council as the new Ward 6 councillor on Monday night, beating out 30 other applicants. Trotter defeated Lynn Strachan in the second round of voting 5-4.

“It’s a delight to have Steve back on council. He lives in the area. He represented the area for 12 years, somebody who played a major role on council,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman. “This is not someone who sat back during meetings or didn’t play a major role in the issues of the day. I know he will bring those experiences.”

Trotter was first elected in 1994 as Ward 6 councillor and later became a Ward 7 representative. He lost the seat in 2006 to now Barrie-Innisfil Conservative MP John Brassard.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I worked with many of these members of council in the past, so I’m looking forward to working with them again,” Trotter said.

The Ward 6 seat was vacated when Michael Prowse took a job as the city’s new chief administrative officer. Council decided to appoint someone to seat instead of holding a $50,000 byelection.

Trotter says he is ready to get to work.

“Having sat with Mike Prowse on council, I admired what he did. I take it as a great honour to fulfil his term.”