Patricia Ann Prince was elected as the new chief of the Nee-Tahi-Buhn First Nation.
In the election held on Dec. 11, Prince unseated incumbent chief Raymond Morris by 20 votes to 19, according to the official results compiled by OneFeather, a First Nations election services company.
Frank Morris Sr. takes the new deputy chief position, and Mark David Morris and Victor Charles Burt are the new councillors of the First Nation, located on the Southside.
A total of 40 out of 119 voters cast ballots in the poll, making up a turnout of 34 per cent.
Morris served as chief since 1994, after late chief Mary Jane Morris passed away, councillor Mark Morris told Lakes District News.
The First Nation’s new leadership will take office on Dec. 18.
Before being elected chief Prince has worked as an education coordinator, employment & training coordinator and in social development.
She has also held leadership positions with the Nee-Tahi-Buhn band over the years.
Last week’s election was ths second the First Nation has held since the summer when it elected a new deputy chief and two councillors.
That election in July was preceded by the resignations of two councillors amid a tense period on the council.
Nee-Tahi-Buhn has about 155 members.
It receives an annual budget from the federal government for governance, and health and education services. It also receives some provincial forest revenue related to activities on its traditional territory.