The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board of directors has elected Greg Phelps as its chair. Edwin Grieve was acclaimed as vice-chair. They will serve in these positions for the next year.

This will be the first term as chair for Phelps, who was elected at the inaugural board meeting today. The chair, along with the other eight directors, oversees the activities and services that the regional district delivers to its nearly 60,000 residents and, by contract, the various services provided to the Strathcona Regional District just to the north of the CVRD.

“I am pleased to be given the opportunity to lead this group through 2010 which I believe will be a productive year,” said Phelps, who has been a board director since 2008. “We will be working on the final year of developing the regional growth strategy, addressing region-wide issues around homelessness and overseeing the process of some significant developments. I can stand on my record as a team player which it is imperative the chair be, and I am always willing to listen and to learn.”

Directors serve for a three-year term, and the directors elect the chair and vice-chair position each year. Municipal mayors and councillors appoint directors from their areas to sit on the CVRD board, and the elected representatives from the electoral areas make up the other CVRD board members. Phelps is also the mayor of the City of Courtenay and vice chair Grieve represents Puntledge-Black Creek (Area ‘C’) as director.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.