Penticton council back at full strength

Monday evening, Mayor Garry Litke and Coun. Katie Robinson took their oaths of office in a small ceremony at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver.

Garry Litke

Garry Litke

It’s official, Penticton has a full mayor and council again.

Monday evening, Mayor Garry Litke and Coun. Katie Robinson took their oaths of office in a small ceremony at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver.

“We are eager to immediately begin highlighting the priorities of our community, including conversations on the progress of the Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower,” said Litke.

Robinson and Litke were elected on Sept. 7 in a byelection for the remainder of the 2011-2014 term, triggered by the resignation of former mayor Dan Ashton after he successfully ran to become Penticton MLA.  That was followed by Litke’s resignation, freeing him to run for mayor and opening a council seat.

The swearing in ceremony was held in Vancouver rather than Penticton to meet election regulations and ensure the city was fully represented at the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ annual convention.