By MEL ROTHENBURGER
Director, Electoral Area P, TNRD
Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta will serve as chair of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board of directors for another term. It will be his fourth year as the chair, having been elected every year since the 2014 civic elections.
Ranta has also held the position several other times over the years.
Ranta defeated Spences Bridge Electoral Area Director Steve Rice, who was vice chair for the past year, and will be vice chair for the coming year as well.
The chair and vice chair are elected via an internal election among directors.
The election for vice chair created an interesting situation. Rice, Bill Kershaw (Area O), Arjun Singh (Kamloops) and Carole Schaffer (Area A) stood for election in a ranked ballot system in which directors numbered their choices.
However, that resulted in a tie among the two top vote-getting directors, Rice and Kershaw. Under current rules, the winner was chosen through a draw.
That caused some concern among directors, who voted to amend the system for next year to make sure the winner achieves an actual majority.
Posts written in my position as a TNRD board director do not purport to be journalistically objective, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the TNRD.