Gwich’in Tribal Council election results reveal Kenny Smith will serve as grand chief and Kristine McLeod as deputy grand chief.
The preliminary election results provided by chief returning officer Mary Ann Villeneuve found Smith was elected after receiving 611 of the 1,024 ballots cast.
His competitor, Richard John Blake, received 413 votes.
McLeod was elected after receiving 551 votes of the 1,038 ballots cast.
Her competitor, Richard Nerysoo, received 487 votes.
Smith is replacing Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, who served one term as grand chief of the Gwich’in Tribal Council.
Greenland-Morgan says she decided to not seek re-election for family reasons.