Rob Sawatzky’s official duties as Vernon mayor are winding down.
Sawatzky presided over his final regular council meeting Monday prior to Saturday’s election and a new mayor being sworn into office Dec. 1.
“I want to thank you for your dedication to the community,” Sawatzky told members of current council.
Sawatzky, who is retiring from office, also spoke highly of the city’s staff.
“You are incredibly professional and dedicated,” he said.
A number of council members praised Sawatzky for his three-year term as mayor.
“You were a good leader and you tied us together and made sure there was very little dissension at this table,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.
Sawatzky still has a few duties left, including chairing a special council meeting Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. and representing the city at the Regional District of North Okanagan board meeting Nov. 19.
Running for mayor Saturday are economist Victor Cumming, college recruiter Jamie Morrow, businessperson Akbal Mund, current councillor Mary-Jo O’Keefe and former councillor Klaus Tribes.