By Dale Boyd
Karla Kozakevich is retaining her role as board chair of the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen, and Summerland councillor Doug Holmes is taking over for Manfred Bauer as vice chair after the board’s inaugural meeting Thursday.
Kozakevich, by acclamation, retains her seat as board chair for the fourth year in a row and Holmes replaces Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer after the board voted twice, with a tie forcing a re-vote.
Dir. Riley Gettens of Area F (Okanagan Lake West/West Bench) was nominated for the vice chair position, but was dropped from the ballot after a tie between Bauer and Holmes forced a re-vote.
Bauer, mayor of the Village of Keremeos, has served as vice chair for the past four years.
Holmes said the role of vice chair as defined by the Local Government Act is effectively a “fill-in for the chair when he or she is absent.”
“Of course, the vice chair should be something more than just some person waiting in the wings. They should be a team player, support the chair, support the board and help smooth out any problems that might come along the way,” Holmes said. “I think to be able to do that, the vice chair should be able to get along with everybody. I like and respect all of you, everybody around this table.”
The first-time RDOS board director is in his second term as a councillor for the District of Summerland.
“With the chair who represents an electoral area, I think it makes sense to have a muncipal director as vice chair because we don’t want any gaps emerging,” Holmes said.
Oliver town councillor Petra Veintimilla acclaimed to her seat as chair of the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District, and Dir. Toni Boot (Summerland) was acclaimed to her seat as vice chair of the OSRHD.