ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents has a new president.
The board of the Bethel-based nonprofit appointed Allen Joseph, the group's vice president of operations, to be the new president of the organization.
Joseph replaces Arthur Lake, who resigned this week. Lake could not be reached for comment.
Board chairman Ivan Ivan would not say why Lake resigned but said the board appreciated Lake's efforts for AVCP, which administers social and economic development services to Calista Corp. shareholders in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Joseph, 43, will direct AVCP until the organization's annual convention Oct. 8-10 in Bethel, when the membership elects a president for the next two years. Joseph, a Hooper Bay native, said he has not yet decided whether to seek the office.
Lake's resignation came as a surprise to many on the AVCP staff and executive committee, Joseph said, although the last two years had been a difficult period for some corporation members. Lake defeated longtime AVCP president Myron Naneng in the 2000 elections and oversaw a period of growth that brought new personnel and programs, he said.
''For some people the change wasn't all that easy,'' Joseph said. ''I have to give them credit for sticking with AVCP.''
The corporation serves 56 federally designated tribes in 50 villages in the Yukon Kuskokwim delta and offers a variety of community programs ranging from employment training and housing improvements to providing village public safety officers and Head Start schools.
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