Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz was elected chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District board in a Wednesday night vote by directors.
Former board chair Patricia Ross was elected vice-chair.
Ross told The Progress she was “a little conflicted” by the vote, but welcomed the chance to reduce the stress factor and focus on issues close to her heart like proposed incineration plans in Metro Vancouver.
“I was conflicted because I feel so attached personally to the FVRD and the work we do,” she said.
“But I felt entirely comfortable passing the torch to Sharon Gaetz,” she added.
“She’s the hardest-working politician I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Gaetz was not immediately available for comment.
Chilliwack city councillor Chuck Stam was elected chair of the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital board, and Abbotsford city councillor John Smith is the acting chair.
Committee appointments will be approved at the next FVRD board meeting in January.