Mayor And Council

Pride of our past, the Spirit of our present, and Vision of our future. City Council’s Mission Statement is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Armstrong through responsible, efficient, and effective delivery of municipal services for our citizens.

Your Mayor and City Council are proud to serve the City of Armstrong, and stand ready to support all residents, businesses, and visitors. With key responsibility for local services, city streets, and recreational facilities, Council is committed to ensuring prosperity and growth for all.

Elected in 2022, Armstrong residents are represented by 6 councillors and Mayor Joe Cramer.

Strategic Plan

The City of Armstrong’s Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2025 builds on annual financial and operational plans produced by staff and directed by Council. This plan guides Council and staff and is used for assessing progress towards the strategic objectives on a quarterly basis. Further, this plan provides Council and corporate results to focus on during Council’s term. Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Civic Facilities, Roads, Community Outreach, Water, Sewer, and Storm Water management are among the top objectives and priorities in the current strategic plan.

Housing affordability and availability are some of the key challenges facing North Okanagan Communities. In May 2019, the Regional District of the North Okanagan Board of Directors unanimously agreed to apply for funding from the Union of B.C. Municipalities to undertake the development of a Regional Housing Needs Assessment. This assessment would focus on a regional approach and acknowledge that no single community can address the full range of affordable housing needs. This collaborative approach has set the stage for a comprehensive review that will enable each community and the region to respond to the local housing crisis.

Council Meetings

All Regular Council Meetings are held on a Monday or Tuesday, in the event of statutory holidays falling on a Monday. Meetings start at 5:00 pm and take place at Armstrong City Hall, unless otherwise directed by City Council. Come back soon to view the updated meeting schedule for 2023.

At this time, all Council meetings are open to the public and held virtually through Zoom. If you are interested in attending a meeting via zoom or in person, please pre-register by emailing the City at:, as seating is limited.

Masks and Social Distancing is required while attending a meeting at City Hall.

Agendas & Attendance

Council meeting agendas are prepared by staff on the Thursday prior to the upcoming meeting. Once approved, the agendas are available to the public the following day (Friday).

All correspondence brought before Council is approved by the Corporate Officer (CO) and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Members of the public who wish to appear before Council will appear as a delegation.

As a general practice, delegates should contact administrative staff 14 days prior to the Council meeting of interest. As a requirement of delegation, complete this form which outlines the topic you would like to discuss, and email it to For further information, contact the CAO or CO for more information.

City Hall

The City of Armstrong Municipal Hall is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and closed on Statutory Holidays. Whether you are dropping by to meet with staff or Council, completing any outstanding invoices, or just popping in, we welcome everyone to visit. Any of our front counter staff will be happy to assist you with your inquiries. 

Council Meetings, Agendas and Minutes

Access for all Council, Committee and Commission Meeting schedules, Agendas and Minutes are available for viewing.

Meet Your Council

Mayor Joe Cramer

Although Mayor Cramer considers himself to be relatively new to Armstrong, he has quickly grown fond of Armstrong considering it “the place to be.” Three generations of the Cramer’s now happily call Armstrong home.

Joe is retired after a lengthy career as a Paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. During his career he served in many leadership roles which provide him a unique dedication and perspective chiseled out of helping people in their time of need.

As a motivated leader with a solid history of achievement, Joe intends to continue advancing Armstrong interests and livability.

Councillor Ryan Nitchie

Councillor Nitchie is no stranger to Armstrong City Council as he previously served from 1996-2014 as youngest elected official in Armstrong and in the Province of BC at the time. Nitchie has dedicated his career to local government with more than 26 years of experience in both elected and staff positions.

Since resigning from his position on Council in 2014 to focus on his career, Ryan admits he has missed serving the citizens of Armstrong. Born and raised in Armstrong and a graduate of Pleasant Valley Secondary School, Ryan hopes to be a leader in our community and serve the residents of his hometown authentically and respectfully. He is committed to making informed decisions by thoroughly reviewing staff and professional reports, listening to local concerns and discussing the issues with Council to make decisions.

Beyond his career and commitments to Council, Nitchie is a husband and father to two girls. You may also recognize Ryan as the Head Coach or Assistant Head Coach of the Armstrong Shamrocks Lacrosse Team.

Councillor Steven Drapala

In his third term on Council, Steven provides our community with the perspectives of young families and professionals. With degrees in Biology and Education, Steven continues to shape the future with his work as Principal at Pleasant Valley Secondary School.

In addition to education, Steven is passionate about the environment and ensuring sustainable development using data-based decision making.

Steven originally moved to Armstrong as a young boy. Later in life he travelled to Edmonton and Victoria for his education, but Steven’s love for our close-knit, inclusive, and safe community brought him back.

Councillor Mark Wehner

Born and raised in Armstrong, Councillor Wehner has called this community home for more than 40 years.  He and his wife have two teenage children who attend school in Armstrong. 

For the past 19 years, Mark has worked as a Computer Network Technician for School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap). Mark also served as a member of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department for 16 years. 

When Mark is not serving his community on Council or at work, he is commonly found outside enjoying the outdoors with his family in Armstrong.  If you see him out in the community, make sure to wave and say hello.

Councillor Shirley Fowler

Councillor Fowler has served on Council for more than 17 years and has lived in Armstrong since 1965. Recently she celebrated her 50th Anniversary with her husband, dog, children and her grandchildren. Four generations of Fowlers have attended the Armstrong Elementary School. Shirley devotes her time giving back to the community she has loved for half a century.

Shirley exemplifies community spirit as a volunteer for many local organizations including roles with Life Member of the IPE, Chair of the Armstrong Communities in Bloom (CiB) program, Volunteer of the Year at BC Fairs, Treasurer and Past Provincial Judge at BC CiB, two-time recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, following Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

Councillor Jessie Valstar

Councillor Valstar moved to Armstrong in 2006 and is a graduate of Pleasant Valley Secondary School. After high school, he worked at Askew’s Foods where he quickly got to know the many faces that make up this lovely community.

Jessie has no shortage of community spirit as he is a local entrepreneur as a Master Electrician. No only does Jessie work here in Armstrong, but he also lives and plays here as a husband and father to three boys.

Jessie is best known for his passion of music as he is a bass player in his band the Odinfist and the Event Founder/General Manager for Armstrong Metalfest as well as the Co-Chair of the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance.

Jessie plans to spend the next four years learning and listening to citizens to best serve his community.

Councillor Neil Todd

Although Councillor Todd is in his first term on council, he and his wife Carolyn have been a fixture in Armstrong for almost 25 years as the owners and operators of the infamous Brown Derby Café. Neil intends to continue to serve his community albeit in a different manner than previous.

Neil has local roots dating back to the start of the previous century. He was a director of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, and is long time member of the Chamber of Commerce. He hopes to continue to preserve Armstrong’s history and is excited and honoured to have been elected.

The City of Armstrong municipal office will be closed for the Christmas holiday Monday, December 26, 2022 to Monday January 2, 2023. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 250-546-3023 or email for further assistance.