CITY COUNCILS come in cycles, and Kamloops is about to start a new one.
I define stability as minor turnover from one term to the next, with maybe a new mayor coming into a vacant chair, a vacant council seat or two being filled, and maybe an incumbent defeated.
Dramatic change comes in two ways: when there happens to be a lot of vacancies due to attrition, or when voters feel the need for a shake-up and say so with their ballots. The latter happens rarely because Kamloops voters are wary of major changes, which involves putting in office people they usually don’t know as well as the ones who are already there.
Mel Rothenburger is a past mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair and former editor of The Kamloops Daily News. He is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award, among others. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.