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RDOS elects chair and vice chair for 2014

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board elected their new chair and vice chair for the 2014 year at their meeting Thursday.

Mark Pendergraft will serve as chair and Garry Litke will be vice chair.

Pendergraft was previously elected to be chair of the RDOS in July of 2013.

Prior to that, the director for rural Osoyoos, served as acting board chair, since Dan Ashton resigned from the role in early June.

Ashton is now the MLA for the Penticton riding.

Litke is the Mayor of Penticton.

Prior to being elected Thursday, Pendergraft described 2013 as a year the board could look back on with pride and also as an interesting year.

Unusual for us, he said, we had a significant turn-over on the board, the election of former chair Dan Ashton as MLA, leading to the resignation of Garry Litke to run for the vacant mayor's position, causing a chain reaction on the board.

The reaction involved bringing new board members from the city and longtime board member John Vassilaki leaving.

Furthermore in 2013, the board maintained a focus on regional issues and fiscal responsibility.

The election of the Okanagan Siilkameen Regional Hospital District board chair and vice chair for 2014 also took place Thursday.

The chair will be Janice Perrino and vice chair will be Judy Sentes.

Perrino previously served as chair and Sentes is a Penticton city councillor.



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