The diverse and expansive Electoral Area “D” is taking steps towards the future with a new administrative position appointed and a consultant firm hired to look at governance models for the years ahead.
Shona Schleppe is taking over the new rural services manager position in Area “D” as of Sept. 2.
Her role will be to oversee all aspects of Area “D” initiatives including the governance study, the downtown revitalization in Okanagan Falls, housing issues as well as a number of issues with highway access in the area. Schleppe will also play an oversight role with recreation programs.
John Powell, former economic development co-ordinator in Okanagan Falls, is now working at a different position within the RDOS.
The appointment of Schleppe, who is coming from Alberta, to the new role is coincidental, Woods said.