Mock named as new deputy mayor for Tatiara

ELECTED: Councillor Robert Mock was announced as deputy mayor at Tuesday's council meeting.

ELECTED: Councillor Robert Mock was announced as deputy mayor at Tuesday's council meeting.

Councillor Robert Mock has been elected as Tatiara District Council's new deputy mayor after a vote was conducted at Tuesday's council meeting.

Cr Mock takes over from Cr David Edwards who had held the position from November 14, 2017 to November 12, 2019.

Prior to his appointment, Cr Mock had previously served as deputy mayor from 2014 to 2017.

A motion was carried in 2014 that resulted in the deputy mayor and committee chairs being elected on a yearly basis.

At Tuesday's council meeting, councillors were asked to nominate who they believed best fitted the criteria to become deputy mayor for the next 12 months.

The nomination process resulted in Cr Mock and Cr Liz Goossens being selected as the two candidates to replace Cr Edwards.

Cr Edwards was nominated to become one of the candidates for the election process, however, he declined the option to apply for a third straight year.

The 10 council members in attendance were all asked to write down their preference on a piece of paper, before being placed in a ballot box for counting.

After each councillor cast their votes, it was revealed that both candidates had both received five votes each.

The draw resulted in the two candidates' names being placed in the ballot box, with the first name selected being named as the deputy mayor for the next year.

Cr Mock's name was pulled out of the ballot box and he was consequently congratulated on being announced as deputy mayor.

Mayor Graham Excell publicly thanked Cr Edwards for his efforts in being his deputy for the past two years.