Vancouver City Councilor Alishia Topper, who has been staying out of the Pearson Air Museum flap because her position as senior director of development for the Fort Vancouver National Trust, is shedding that conflict of interest.

Her last day at the Trust is today.

Topper, 36, has worked for the Trust for more than four years. She took office in January. She said she gave her bosses six weeks’ notice that she was going to leave. She doesn’t have another job lined up, but said the salary she earns as a city councilor ($1,781 a month) is enough to help cover living expenses. Her husband, Ryan, works as development director for Seton Catholic High School in Vancouver.

“I can afford to do it,” she said, adding that ideally she’ll have a new job by the fall.

For the summer, she just wants to focus on her work as a city councilor and have more time to meet with residents, attend community functions and answer email.

“I can fill (a calendar) pretty quickly,” Topper said.

As one of her last duties as senior director of development, she recruited Editor Lou to participate in “Dancing with the Local Stars,” the Trust’s annual fundraising event.

Good for you, Councilor Topper. Always a smart move to have the last laugh.


Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at or 360-735-4508.

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