The death of longtime Columbia-Shuswap Regional District director Ted Bacigalupo has created a vacancy on the regional district’s board.
First elected to the board in 1999, Bacigalupo handily won his seat as South Shuswap director for the fifth time in last November’s municipal election, and took on the role of CSRD chairperson for the first time.
The regional district will begin the process of filling the vacancies at the July 19 board meeting, where directors will elect a new chairperson.
David Raven, mayor of Revelstoke, is the current vice-chairperson.
If he decides to run for the chairperson’s position and wins, directors will then have to elect a new vice-chair as well.
Also at the July 19 meeting, it is anticipated a chief elections officer will be appointed and the byelection process to fill the South Shuswap seat will begin.
“Under the Local Government Act, a chief elections officer must be appointed as soon as possible after a vacancy occurs,” said Carolyn Black, deputy manager of corporate administration services.
“And the voting date must be set no later than 80 days after the appointment, so the byelection would have to happen before Oct. 6.”
Black says she expects the byelection will take place in late September.