Sunday April 20, 2014

Barriere mayor takes over helm of regional board

'I will do my best to do what is right'

Bill Humphreys

It was a tight race, but there’s a new chairman at the helm of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys bested Savona director Ronaye Elliott and Kamloops representative Ken Christian for the top seat at the regional board table.

Humphreys’ victory was hard fought, as the first round of ballots was too close to call. He claimed victory when the 25 directors present voted a second time.

He thanked the board, saying he’s humbled regional directors gave him the opportunity to lead.

“I will do my best to do what is right,” he said, adding he expects dramatic changes in the region during the next five years.

Humphreys was then invited to assume the chair. He thanked outgoing chairman Randy Murray for his hard work and guidance during the last two years. The two men hugged before Murray handed Humphreys the chair’s gavel.

“Now take your things and beat it,” Humphreys joked as Murray stepped away.

During their brief campaign speeches, Elliott and Christian cited the proposed Ajax mine and water-system concerns as two issues regional directors will contend with in years to come.

Humphreys spoke to the board’s diversity and ability to keep issues in the boardroom and not impact relationships or business conducted in the community.

“That is very refreshing to me,” he said. “I think that cohesiveness that we have, our vision totally as a board, is that we can work well for our constituents.”

As for vice chair, the board chose to elect Thompson director Willow MacDonald instead of incumbent Andy Anderson.

Anderson congratulated MacDonald for her win, but promised he’d be back.

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