Last night (December 12) in a surprising political development, a non-NPA commissioner moved into the top position at the Vancouver park board.
First-term Green commissioner Michael Wiebe was elected chair after he was nominated by NPA commissioner Erin Shum.
Wiebe is a restaurant sustainability consultant and director of the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association.
Shum was elected vice chair. She is one of four NPA politicians elected to the seven-member board in the 2014 election.
There is one other Green commissioner, Stuart Mackinnon, and one Vision Vancouver commissioner, Catherine Evans.
It's the first time in history that a Green politician has ever chaired Vancouver's park board.
The former chair, the NPA's Sarah Kirby-Yung, nominated fellow NPA commissioner Casey Crawford for the leadership role.
After the 2014 election, NPA commissioner John Coupar served one year as chair before Kirby-Yung replaced him.