Town Council

Trenton Town Council

Front Left: Mayor Shannon MacInnis & Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Teasdale
Back Left: Councillor VJ Earle, Councillor Don Hussher, Deputy Mayor Alec Dove & Councillor Steven Stewart

Your Town Council consists of a Mayor, and four (4) Town Councillors, each elected for a four-year term. Trenton voters elect the Mayor and Councillors, while the Deputy Mayor is selected and appointed through a Council motion annually. Councillors do not represent a specific district or ward, but rather each serves the Town as a whole.

Meet Your Mayor & Council

Mayor Shannon MacInnis

Mayor Shannon MacInnis

Year Elected to Mayor: 2016

Shannon MacInnis and his wife Kim have raised three children in Trenton. He owns and operates his own business in the Town of New Glasgow. This is Shannon’s second time serving as Mayor (2005-2008). He has spent his time volunteering with various groups in Trenton including coaching basketball, baseball and hockey at local schools, and the local Steve Nash Youth Basketball program. Shannon was the 2005 recipient of the Town of Trenton Volunteer of the Year award.

Councillor V J Earle

Councillor VJ Earle

Year Elected to Mayor: 2016

VJ Earle is a long-time resident of the Town of Trenton where he raised five children with his wife Wendy. He retired from Michelin after 35 years. VJ has been involved in his community by volunteering his time. He is well known for organizing the Joe Earle Victoria Day Road Races for many years. He has also volunteered coaching Minor Ball, Minor Hockey, and ladies softball. He has also helped with ball tournaments and March Break Hockey Tournaments.


Councillor Don Husser

Councillor Don Hussher

Year Elected to Mayor: 2005

Don Hussher is the Chief of Police for the Towns of Westville and Stellarton, he has over 43 years of Police Service. After 15 honorable years of military service he retired with the commissioned rank of Captain. He was posted with the Black Watch Royal Highlanders of Canada and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Don has over 50 years of active community volunteer work. He has over 26 years' service with the Boy Scouts of Canada. He was founder and Director of both the Westville and New Glasgow Police Ventures/Rovers. He has 10 years leadership service with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, 26 years volunteer service with crime prevention, 5 years leadership with boys and girls clubs of Canada and 27 years working with seniors. He was the founder of the Seniors Watch Program. He holds the Duke of Edinburgh Leadership Award, the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Police Exemplary Service Medal, several community meritorious service and volunteer awards. He was appointed to the Order of Merit of Police Forces in 2002. He is married to Pat (Fraser).


Councillor Alex Dove

Deputy Mayor Alec Dove

Year Elected to Mayor: 2016

Alec Dove lives on Diamond Street in Trenton with his wife Bonnie. They have two children. Alec works as the Leading Power Plant Technician (Chemical) at the Trenton Generating Station. He has been a member of the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow for 26 years and currently sits on the Board of the Pictou County Sport Heritage Hall of Fame as treasurer. Alec is also a committee member of the JOHSC renewal for Nova Scotia Power and the Chair of the Good Neighbor Program at The Trenton Generating Station. Alec is now serving his third term as a councillor for the Town of Trenton.


Deputy Mayor Steven Stewart

Councillor Steven Stewart

Year Elected to Mayor: 2016

Steven Stewart lives on Oak Street with his wife Ann where they raised one child together. He works as an equipment operator and construction inspector with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR). He holds a background in public works, fire and emergency service. Steven is a member of the Occupational Health & Safety committee for TIR Nova Scotia. He also sits on the Human Rights Committee for CUPE Nova Scotia and also CUPE Local 1867. He is also an Executive Board Member of CUPE Local 1867 NS Highway Workers and President of Unit 6 Local 1867.


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