Former councillor grabs vacant seat

Arlene Parkinson elected to Warfield council in byelection

SHERI REGNIER

Trail Times

Arlene Parkinson has been elected to the vacant councillor seat in Warfield following the weekend byelection.

With a 27 per cent voter turnout for General Voting Day on Saturday, Parkinson garnered 107 votes of the 307 ballots cast.

The Warfield councillor was previously elected to the seat for three terms in the 1990s, before securing the secretary-treasurer position in the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments from 2001 until present.

She officially retires at month end, which Parkinson says will free up her time to take on the municipal role.

“The first thing I am going to do, is follow up on what people talked to me about while I was campaigning,” Parkinson told the Trail Times Monday morning.

Warfield Mayor Ted Pahl extended his appreciation to village electors and all four candidates who ran in the April 9 byelection.

“I would also like to extend congratulations to Arlene for winning the open seat on council,” he added. “We look forward to having her input and experience.”

Parkinson will be sworn in at the next Warfield council meeting slated for April 20.

Preliminary results were made public Saturday night on the village’s website, Warfield.ca and show: Parkinson, 107; Brad Jansen, 90 votes; John Crozier, 83; and Nicole Caputo, 27.

With three years left in the four-year civic role, Warfield was required to fill an empty councillor seat after long-time councillor Tom Milne resigned from his post in January.