The newly-elected mayor of Hall Beach has resigned and a byelection will be held early in the new year to find his replacement.

Jayko Simonie earned 81 votes to Jason Kaernerk’s 68 in the Oct. 28 municipal election but Simonie notified the hamlet that he is stepping down for personal reasons. Hamlet council subsequently passed a motion to hold another mayoral election in February, although the date is still to be confirmed.

Only four people allowed their names to stand as councillors and they took their seats by acclimation in October: Peter Siakuluk, Roger Beaudry, Timothy Kuppaq and Valerie Curley. The remainder of council was appointed.

Voter turnout in Hall Beach was 35.9 per cent for the municipal election.

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...