PETERS – Milobar was a steady captain in occasional rough waters

Former mayor Peter Milobar. (Image: Kent Simmonds, CFJC Today)

AS OF TODAY, Peter Milobar is officially no longer the mayor of Kamloops.

First elected in 2008, Milobar was the longest serving mayor since amalgamation in 1967, and since incorporation in 1893, his nine year tenure is tied for the longest with John Edward Fitzwater.

Milobar’s resignation takes effect today, along with those of Councillors Marg Spina and Ken Christian.

Assessing Peter Milobar’s legacy is kind of a tricky thing.

Will his name one day grace a park like Kenna Cartwright, or a square like Phil Gaglardi?

Or will his time in office be remembered with more disdain?

Certainly, if your criteria is transformative, headline-grabbing initiatives for Kamloops, there isn’t a whole lot to point to.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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