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New City Clerk Matthew Trennum arrives after stint in Thorold

Accomplishments included creating DEI Committee and Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity Committee

Thorold City Clerk Matthew Trennum has left City Hall for a position with the City of Hamilton.

Trennum became the Thorold City Clerk back in 2022, and his short tenure at City Hall was not without controversy. 

Under his guidance, the city instated online voting during the 2022 municipal election. Due to an error, some residents received duplicate voting letters, which led to some concerns from councillors.

Most recently, the Age-Friendly Committee accused Trennum of completely ‘annihilating’ the committee system in Thorold. 

Committee members were upset because Trennum took away their budgets, and decided to shut down some committees, turning them into informal community groups that can be called upon at will.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom. Under Trennum's leadership, City Hall created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee as well as an Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity Committee, effectively moving the city forward.

Now, Trennum will use all he has learned in Thorold in his new position as the City Clerk for the City of Hamilton.

Thorold generally hasn't had much luck retaining its city clerks. Trennum's predecessor Joanne Hyde also left after two years in the position.

Nicholas Debono, who came on board with Thorold City Hall just last year, is taking over for Trennum as Acting City Clerk for the City of Thorold.

CAO Manoj Dilwaria emailed ThoroldToday the following statement:

“We extend our best wishes to Matthew Trennum in his future endeavours with the City of Hamilton. His hard work and dedication have paved the way for this well-deserved opportunity."

ThoroldToday was unable to reach Trennum for comment.

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Bernard was born and raised in Belgium but moved to Canada in 2012 and has lived in Niagara since 2020. Bernard loves telling people’s stories and wants to get to know those that make Thorold into the great place it is
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