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Osoyoos director returns as Okanagan-Similkameen chair

Mark Pendergraft was elected Thursday to serve his first full term as the chairman of the RDOS board of directors. - Joe Fries/Western News
Mark Pendergraft was elected Thursday to serve his first full term as the chairman of the RDOS board of directors.
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Mark Pendergraft is back for another year as the chairman of the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

The director for rural Osoyoos was elected by colleagues Thursday by secret ballot, the final tally from which was not announced.

Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer was the only other director nominated for the position.

Pendergraft stepped up from vice-chairman in April when now-MLA Dan Ashton took a leave of absence in order to run in the provincial election after 12 years at the helm of the RDOS.

In his speech prior to the vote Thursday, Pendergraft emphasized the work he’s put into learning the role.

“I have to say it was a learning experience and there’s probably more to learn,” he said.

“I’m always open to people’s suggestions. I try to listen and do my best for everybody.

“Sometimes I make mistakes like everybody else, but I think overall I’m learning from those and moving forward.”

Pendergraft was nominated by Allan Patton, the director for rural Oliver, while Bauer’s name was put forward by Brad Hope, the director for rural Princeton.

Also Thursday, Penticton Mayor Garry Litke was elected as vice-chairman of the board. Litke defeated Bauer, who previously held the position.

RDOS directors elect the board leaders once a year. The chairman runs twice-monthly meetings and is the public face of the organization.

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