Carson ready to serve North Westside area

Wayne Carson rose to the top of the polls Saturday in Central Okanagan West

Wayne Carson is the new director for North Westside.

Wayne Carson is the new director for North Westside.

The North Westside’s new elected representative says he wants to focus on residents’ needs.

Wayne Carson rose to the top of the polls Saturday, receiving 414 votes in Central Okanagan West. He was followed by Marsali MacIver at 125 and Eric Von Krosigk at 47 votes.

“My platform was all about community and restoring its voice,” said Carson, who takes over from retiring director Jim Edgson.

“I want them to have input on services and taxes.”

Carson wants to establish advisory committees to review key community issues and then take any recommendations to town hall meetings for input.

“We can come up with plans that truly represent the community,” he said.

Carson will now sit around the board table at the Regional District of Central Okanagan, an organization he had a significant conflict with last year.

Carson, who had been North Westside fire chief for 19 years, resigned Sept. 16, 2013, claiming he had no choice given allegations and job changes being made by the regional district.

He was originally suspended by the regional district for three days in June but details around that circumstance have never been made public.

Carson then returned to duties after the suspension but a leave of absence began July 8, 2013. RDCO has always indicated that Carson requested the leave but Carson has denied that occurred.

Carson says he has moved on from the dispute and can work with RDCO staff.

“It will be a straight-forward management issue. When I was the chief, I worked for them and now as director, they work for me,” he said. “It’s a matter of doing an elected official’s job. If everyone does their job, everyone gets along.”