Potato growers on Prince Edward Island elected a new leader for their industry board, selecting Alex Docherty to serve as chairman of the PEI Potato Board.

Docherty, who owns and operates Skyeview Farms Ltd. in Elmwood with his family, succeeds Gary Linkletter as chairman. Linkletter served four years in the board’s leadership position, according to a news release.

Other new officers elected at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting include vice chairman Darryl Wallace of Wallace Family Farms in Cascumpec and secretary-treasurer Charles Murphy of Murphy’s Seed Potatoes Inc. in China Point.

Two new board members — Glen Rayner of Rayner Farms in Cascumpec and John Hogg of Klondike Farms in Wilmot Valley — were elected.

The new officers and board members serve double duty as representatives of various sectors of the PEI potato industry. Docherty represents the seed sector for the Charlottetown District, Wallace represents the processing sector for the West Prince district, Murphy represents the seed sector for the Charlottetown District, Rayner represents the seed sector for the West Prince District and Hogg represents the processing sector for the Summerside District.

Returning board members are Donald Godfrey, Irwin Jay, Kirk Shea, Owen Ching, Gary Linkletter, David Francis and Rodney Dingwall.

Retiring board members Darryl Wilkie and Barry Green earned praise from the group for their service, as did Linkletter for his four years of leadership.