Topham accepts position in Cumberland

Former Observer staffer moves to chief administrative officer in Cumberland

The Village of Cumberland has appointed a new chief administrative officer, acting mayor Kate Greening announced in a news release.

Sundance Topham comes to Cumberland from the District of Wells, where he spent the past five years working in local government administration, most recently as the chief administrative officer.

Prior to working in local government, Topham worked as a reporter and editor in a number of small-town newspapers across British Columbia, including Salt Spring Island and Quesnel Cariboo Observer, and also as a senior communications adviser for the BC Pension Corporation in Victoria.

Topham has a diploma in communications from Camosun College in Victoria, and is completing his diploma in local government management from the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.

He is also an active member of the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia.

Topham has a wonderful wife, two lovely children, a very large dog and two needy cats, the news release continued.

He’s also a die-hard Canucks fan that actually thinks that this might be the year.

“Topham and his family are excited to move to the vibrant Village of Cumberland and he looks forward to working with all the various members of the community,” the release concluded.

Topham replaces Anja Nurvo, who left the Cumberland CAO position in September after four years to take a position with the Township of Esquimalt as their new manager of corporate services.