WHILE one piece of Lithgow’s civic leadership puzzle is now in place – another one now moves in to focus.
Who will be our mayor?
It’s a question for the new councillors to decide, and they will cast their votes at an extraordinary meeting of the Lithgow City Council.
The role of mayor is not just a ceremonial one and requires time, knowledge, patience and dedication, on top of a love for the area.
Although there will always be detractors, the general consensus is that Maree Statham, elected again on to council with a resounding majority, did an admirable job as mayor and will be a very hard act to follow.
Cr Statham has expressed a desire to run for a second term so all eyes will be on the upcoming meeting to see who, if any, among the newly elected council will throw their hat in the ring and put their hand up for the position.
With many new faces making their way into the chambers, it is a dynamic time for the Lithgow Local Government Area and the election of a mayor is not something that will be taken lightly by the incoming councillors.
A council representative has confirmed that there is a specific process which needs to be adhered to in the wake of the council election.
With this in mind, the announcement of an extraordinary meeting to decide who will be mayor will be in the very near future, the spokesperson confirmed.
Also to be the subject of a vote will be the position of deputy mayor, the role held by councillor Ray Thompson, who will also be returning following last week’s announcement of successful candidates.