Pictured, RDKB Chief Administrative Officer Mark Andison, Board of Directors chair Roly Russell, and Board of Directors cice-chair Grace McGregor. (RDKB)

Pictured, RDKB Chief Administrative Officer Mark Andison, Board of Directors chair Roly Russell, and Board of Directors cice-chair Grace McGregor. (RDKB)

RDKB elects Russell as board chair

Grace McGregor will be vice-chair of the board.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary announced Friday is has elected a new Board of Directors chair, as well as appointed a new Chief Adminstrative Officer (CAO) at their inagural meeting on Nov. 30.

Area D/Rural Grand Forks director Roly Russell will be taking over from Area C/Christina Lake director Grace McGregor as chair of the 13-person board of directors. Russell was elected to the position at the board inagural meetign on Thursday night.

Mark Andison was also appointed CAO. He has been acting in the role since September, following the departure of former CAO John MacLean.

“It’s an honour to serve as chair of our board and there is so much I hope we as a group can accomplish for our region in the coming year. I’m looking forward to working with our entire board including our new vice chair Grace McGregor. Together with our new CAO Mark Andison we can lead this organization to a place where we can provide more value to what we do and make what we do more efficient,” Russell said in a press release issued Friday.

McGregor will be be taking the role of vice-chair, a role formerly held by Russell. This will be her fifth consecutive year on the board, the first four served as board chair.

According tothe press release, Russell is chair of several other committees, icnluding the Boundary Community Development Committee and the Kettle River Watershed Authority. Russell is the vice-president of the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governemtns (AKBLG). This will be his first term as chair of the RDKB board.