Hastings Highlands is sticking with Tracy Hagar as its official Mayor

At their latest meeting, town council appointed Hagar to the role.

Hagar’s held the position on an interim basis since the resignation of Vic Bodnar last month. 

She says it’s a reassuring feeling knowing she has support from the council.

“I did not know that I would actually get the position,” Hagar said. “I did have to go through an interview process because there were two of us, but it’s definitely a big relief now that that’s over.” 

Hagar was selected by her peers over Councilor Tony Fitzgerald. 

As a longtime business owner, she likens her new role to leading a business.

“The most important thing to do as a business owner is to listen to customers, so I’m applying that to the municipality, it will be listening to the ratepayers,” Hagar said. “That’s the most important thing for success.” 

Hagar also reflected on Bodnar’s resignation, apologizing to residents for the position it put the council in. 

She says the community can rest assured that it is in good hands. 

“We’d like to tell everyone we’re a great team in Hastings Highlands, with council and staff, and not to worry, we will do the best we can,” Hagar said. “If you want to communicate anything with us, we’re always here to listen and help.” 

Hagar will officially assume the Mayor’s role at a swearing in ceremony next Wednesday.