A politician’s reasons for retiring haven’t gone over well with a colleague.
Herman Halvorson recently told The Morning Star that he would not pursue a third term as rural Enderby director because of infighting at the Regional District of North Okanagan table. He accused some board members of being more focused on their individual jurisdictions than on doing what is best for the region as a whole.
“You indicated no one was being up front and honest but for those around the board table, we do work hard and we are open and honest,” Wayne Lippert, Vernon director, told Havorson at Wednesday’s RDNO meeting.
“I didn’t appreciate the article in the newspaper and making us sound dysfunctional.”
Some of Halvorson’s comments referenced the City of Vernon, but Lippert doesn’t believe the city was Halvorson’s primary target.
“I think it was directed towards everyone,” said Lippert, adding that Halvorson needs to set a certain tone because he is chairperson of the board.
“As chairperson, he’s supposed to try and bring everyone together. It was poor taste in terms of wording.”
While there are some issues of friction such as Greater Vernon parks and water, Lippert believes there have been positive steps taken by RDNO participants such as emergency management, the fire training centre, community policing and mutual aid during emergencies.
Halvorson would not respond to the statements made by Lippert.
“He’s entitled to his response and I don’t have a problem with that,” said Halvorson.
Other RDNO board members were unwilling to get into the middle of the conflict Wednesday.
“I don’t think we should get into a bun fight,” said Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director.
“There are many things before us that we need to deal with.”