Rob Everson has replaced Ernie Hardy as chief councillor of the K’ómoks First Nation, which held its election Sunday at the band hall.
Barbara Mitchell was re-elected to council, which is rounded out by newcomers Kenneth Price and Melissa Quocksister.
Council has increased by one member because the size of the band exceeds 300 members. The previous council consisted of the chief and two councillors.
The Indian Act allows one councillor per 100 members.
Voter turnout was estimated between 140 and 150 members.
“The people are fairly happy with the new council,” Quocksister said. “They feel the families are more equally represented, and there’s a lot more balance on the council.”