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Long-serving Penticton politician Jake Kimberley steps down for health reasons

FILE PHOTO - Former Penticton mayor and current city councillor Jake Kimberley has announced he is stepping down for health reasons.
February 02, 2021 - 12:11 PM

Penticton councillor and former mayor Jake Kimberley has announced his resignation from council.

The long-serving former three-term mayor and councillor has announced his intention to step down from his present council duties to focus on his health and recovery from a stroke suffered last year.

"I wish to announce my resignation from Penticton city council, effective Feb. 1, 2021,” councillor Kimberley said in a statement issued by the City of Penticton today, Feb. 2.

“A stroke on July 1, 2020 left me hospitalized and in rehabilitation until Oct. 9. Though both my physical and speech recovery has progressed steadily over the last seven months and we had been working toward a graduated return to Council duties, I am not yet at a level which will enable me to fully perform duties as a Councillor for the City of Penticton.”

He thanked residents for their support over the years.

Kimberley became involved in city politics in 1986, serving a single-year term as councillor, the City said. He was elected to council again in 1987 and followed that with two terms as mayor in 1990 and 1993.

He won the mayor’s chair for a third term in 2005, and ran for a position on council in the 2018 election, in which he was successful.

Council will appoint a chief election officer in March in anticipation of a June byelection.


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