New deputy mayor
Friday, 26th September, 2014
The city's new deputy mayor says securing a strong financial position for Council is his key priority.
Councillor Dave Gallagher will serve in the role for the next 12 months following his election to the position on Wednesday night.
The police officer won five votes from his fellow councillors to defeat Labor councillor Branko Licul, the only other nominee.
"I would like to thank my fellow councillors for the opportunity to take on this role and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship with my colleagues as we strive for the betterment of the city," Cr Gallagher said in a statement.
"Our financial position continues to prove challenging, however we have made decisions that have set the organisation on track to meet those challenges while continuing to meet the vision of the community as outlined in our strategic planning.
"I look forward to serving the Council and the community in this role. It certainly provides a leadership and development opportunity for me."
A couple of conflict of interest matters meant Cr Gallagher, who takes over from Marion Browne, was required to chair part of Wednesday night's meeting.
Mayor Wincen Cuy congratulated Cr Gallagher on his appointment.
"Dave Gallagher certainly has the community at heart. He wants to see our city prosper. I look forward to working with him over the next 12 months.
"I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding work of Councillor Marion Browne in her role as Deputy Mayor over the last 12 months.
"She has shown wonderful leadership and support through what has been a difficult and challenging 12 months for this Council."