Coun. Norm Kirschner has been appointed as the new acting mayor of Sayward. (Submitted photo)

B.C. village’s local government sees four mayoral changes within three months

Resignations and appointments happened in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

With a fourth mayoralty appointment within three months, Sayward created history during the pandemic.

Coun. Norm Kirschner was appointed as the new acting mayor on June 9.

Kirschner is the third acting mayor, taking over from Coun. Bill Ives who was appointed the acting mayor towards the end of April.

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Ives was voted acting mayor by the village council after conferring with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing after Coun. Joyce Ellis resigned from the same position on March 18, leaving the village with a governance vacuum during the pandemic.

Ellis resigned just after a week of serving as interim mayor.

Ellis took over after the longest-serving mayor of Sayward, John MacDonald, resigned on March 13, citing personal circumstances. Following Ellis and MacDonald’s resignations, the chief administrative officer, Lisa Clark also quit.

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The current acting mayor, Kirschner, declined to comment on what led to Ives’ departure as acting mayor.

Kirschner will be acting mayor of Sayward until a new mayor can be elected.

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