The Regional District of Fraser Fort George board of directors had their inauguration meeting, Dec. 15.
Representing the City of Prince George on the board this year are Mayor Colin Kinsley and city councillors Don Zurowski, Don Bassermann and Murry Krause. City council votes four of its members to represent Prince George each year.
The four city directors were joined by Valemount representative Jeanette Townsend, McBride representative Mike Frazier, Mackenzie representative Stephanie Killam and rural directors Dee Burden, Harvey Clark, Bob Headrick, Art Kaehn, Shelley Zenzen, Terry Burgess and Ken Starchuck.
Kinsley defeated Clark in a vote to become chairman of the board for the year. Kaehn was declared vice-chair by acclamation. Both served those roles in the former board.
“I want to thank the board for returning me to the position of chair,” Kinsley said. “It’s a position I don’t take lightly.”
The geographical size and diversity of the regional district always presents a challenge in terms of representation, Kinsley said.
“We need to make sure people have equal access to services,” he said. “Everybody has a voice with this board.”
The board’s continued focus should be on providing good governance in the region, Kinsley added.
Other priorities include expanding the district’s solid waste management strategy and improving 911 emergency services throughout the region, he said.
During the civic election campaign last month, Kinsley’s key opponent Dan Rogers said he would not serve as chair of the regional district to focus on the job of mayor.
Kinsley said if there had been a rural candidate nominated for the chair position, he would have supported that person.
However, Kinsley said, in the past he hasn’t had any difficulty balancing both positions and doesn’t anticipate any in the future. Many of the reports he receives as mayor and chair are the same, he added.
“From a time perspective it’s quite efficient,” Kinsley said.
“Thank you for your confidence in electing my vice-chair,” Kaehn said.