The Union of B.C. Municipalities will honour long-time Kelowna city councillor and Central Okanagan Regional District chairman Robert Hobson at its annual convention next week in Vancouver.
In recognition of his 26 years in local government, Hobson will receive the long-service award.
The popular city councillor, who was praised by Kelowna Mayor Walter earlier this week during the last city council meeting before the UBCM convention for his contribution to local government over the years, has been re-elected to council eight consecutive times after serving his first two-year term. (Local government terms were lengthened to three years after his first term.)
Hobson, a former president of UBCM, has said he does not plan to run for re-election in November’s civic vote.
And he’s not the only veteran city councillor calling it a career in Kelowna.
Coun. Andre Blanleil, who has sat on council with Hobson for 21 years has also said he will not run again.