Litke is hanging up his mayoral hat

PENTICTON - Mayor Garry Litke is calling it a day and will not run in the upcoming city election.

Litke has been mayor for only 13 months, after he was chosen to replace former mayor Dan Ashton in a by-election in fall 2013. Before that, he spent eight years as a city councillor, and 33 as a teacher.

Litke kept his lips tight about his election decision—just last week he denounced rumours that were floating around town about him not running. During his reign, Litke has dealt with several controversial issues, including a civil lawsuit with the Penticton Hospitality Association and another with resident Elvena Slump. Despite these instances, Litke also led council through improvements of the downtown core, waterfront enhancement and economic development.

Litke made an announcement today on the steps of City Hall but could not be reached for comment afterward.

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