Sayward has a new mayor again.
Mark Edward Baker defeated Joyce Eileen Ellis to become the Village of Sayward’s new mayor after a byelection was held on Saturday.
Sue Poulsen and Tom Tinsley were elected as councillors, defeating the only other candidate, Mike Marsh.
Baker, a former chamber of commerce president in Alberta, defeated Ellis, a former village councillor and acting mayor, by 20 votes.
A byelection was triggered after the village’s former mayor, John MacDonald resigned in March citing a desire to focus on family and his health. Two councillors later resigned as well.
Prior to Saturday’s election, Sayward has had multiple mayors since longtime mayor John MacDonald resigned in March citing a desire to focus on family and his health.
Ellis, who was a councillor at the time, was then appointed acting mayor but resigned less than five days later due to “personal circumstances,” according to the Village’s website.
Councillor Bill Ives was named acting mayor but was voted out and eventually announced his resignation as a councillor.
Norm Kirschner has been the village’s acting mayor since the summer.
The new mayor and councillors are expected to be sworn-in on Nov. 30.