First steps for Valemount Council

By Andru McCracken


Photos top to bottom, L to R: Korie Marshall (current spouse of the mayor) and Louise MacLean (the spouse of the first-ever Valemount mayor). Peter Reimer and Sandy Salt accept gifts for their time on Council. / LAURA KEIL

Mayor Owen Torgerson said that in advance of making council appointments to Village committees he planned to hold a special meeting to see who would serve best where.

“We’ll have a committee of the whole meeting to discuss council appointments,” he said. “It’s less formal and leaves it more open to discussion.”

Torgerson said he wants the right people on the right committees.

“I haven’t seen anybody’s resume. As someone responsible for making appointments I’d like to discuss it,” he said. “Who wants a tourism appointment that comes with a 150k budget? Who has a good emergency management background? I have a few ideas, but I won’t make those decisions without council.”

Torgerson is in Prince George this week for training at the Regional District of Fraser Fort George.

In Valemount, staff is organization an orientation for council on November 20.

“All the department heads will be presenting what they do so council will be on the same page,” he said.

Torgerson said the village has a lot of committees.

“We’ll maybe see when we can trim here or there. We have more committees than we have nonprofit groups,” he said, then added. “That’s exaggerating.”

Torgerson said that all of council will be going to the newly elected officials seminar in Prince George at the end of January. The program is run by the Local Government Leadership Academy.

Torgerson said that the village is still accepting resumes for the position of Chief Administrative Officer.

“Over the next two weeks to four months everyone will be looking for a job,” said Torgerson.

He said interim CAO Doug Fleming’s contract would continue on to January.

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