Regional director apologizes

Patty Hanson, regional director of the Central Okanagan rural east area, formally apologized to Robert Hobson and Dan Plamondon on Thursday.

During a special meeting of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan board on Thursday morning, regional director Patty Hanson apologized for previously calling for the resignation of chairman Robert Hobson and development services director Dan Plamondon.

“I would like to make a formal public apology to chair Robert Hobson and director of development services Dan Plamondon for my statements at the regional district board meeting on April 23, 2012,” said Hanson.

“I recognize that this has caused them personal grief and was an attack on their professional reputation, and as such, I unequivocally retract my statements that the entire board was deliberately misled by the chair and director.

“I was frustrated with the process for rural development and commit to working with our staff, the chair and my colleagues on the board in the future to deal with issues such as this.”

After the statement, the regional board held a vote of confidence in Hobson and Plamondon, which received unanimous endorsement by the board.

“The board is pleased with the apology and welcomes the united spirit of cooperation and confidence in the chair and the director of development services,” said Bruce Smith, communications and intergovernmental affairs officer for the regional district.

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