Qualicum Beach director Dave Willie may have missed the inaugural meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo, but he didn’t miss much, said alternate director Scott Tanner.
Willie, who had previously booked a holiday in New Zealand, wasn’t available to attend the Dec. 8 meeting.
However, he was able to pre-arrange to be sworn in prior to leaving the country.
“The only difference is that we got sworn in by a judge and he got sworn in by a senior staff member, who has the authority to do it,” Tanner said.
Tanner noted he was the only alternate director to have been sworn in at an inaugural meeting of the RDN that he’s aware of.
“All the alternates have to be sworn in, but sometimes an alternate won’t be sworn in for six months or even a year because if they are not called upon to step in for the elected director, they have no reason to be sworn in,” he said.