Deputy Mayor Sam Austin

Deputy Mayor Sam Austin is a longtime resident of Downtown Dartmouth. He is passionate about investing in a safe and mobile community, fostering smart growth, protecting Dartmouth’s natural assets and recreation opportunities and supporting arts and culture. 

He has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Dalhousie University and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary. 

Before being elected in the 2016 municipal election, Deputy Mayor Austin had a successful career in Planning at Public Works and Government Services Canada and was a leader in the community, founding the Tulips on Tulip Street initiative and organizing Jane’s Walk Halifax. He has also served as a board member with the Planning and Design Centre and The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society. 

Deputy Mayor Austin is grateful and humbled to have been re-elected for a second term on Council in the October 2020 municipal election.

He and his wife Michelle are proud parents to two young daughters Jana and Marilla.

Councillor Austin is a member of the following HRM boards and committees:

  • Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee 
  • Environment & Sustainability Standing Committee
  • Executive Standing Committee
  • Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council
  • Regional Centre Community Council (Chair)
  • Alderney Landing Board of Directors
  • Shubenacadie Canal Commission 
  • Zatzman Sportsplex

Councillor Austin also is an ex-officio (non-voting member) of the following community boards:

  • North Woodside Community Centre
  • Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
  • Penhorn Lake Area Trails Association