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Wells will not seek re-election as CVRD board chair

Aug 28, 2019 | News

By George Le Masurier

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells will not seek re-election as chair of the Comox Valley Regional District, he told Decafnation this week.

The 10-member CVRD board elected Wells last November by drawing his name out of a hat.

He and Area C Director Edwin Grieve each received five votes in two separate elections. Previous Chair Bruce Jolliffee drew Wells name from a hat to settle the matter.

At the time, Wells said he would only serve one year.

“I have a city to run, a business to run, and I have a family,” he said. “I have a finite capacity and nobody’s perfected cloning.”

Wells will not reappoint himself as a City of Courtenay representative to the regional board. He said Wendy Morin and Will Cole-Hamilton will be Courtenay’s full-time regional directors.

Wells believes he was effective in his year at the helm. 

No other director has announced a bid for the chair, although it is expected that Grieve will run again. Other potential candidates include CVRD Vice-Chair Arzeena Hamir and Courtenay Director David Frisch.






Municipal councillors appointed to serve on the CVRD board receive about $13,000 per year in compensation. Electoral area directors receive about $34,000, and the CVRD board chair receives about $33,000.


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