After previous deputy Mayor Simon Croce's term ended on September 4, Councillor Christine Stead has been appointed Deputy Mayor.
Cr Stead's term will run for just a little over two months as Griffith awaits it's new election date of December 4, being appointed in the interim as Councillor Croce's run as Deputy Mayor closed.
While council discussed simply not electing a deputy mayor and seeing out the remaining two months, they concluded that they would vote on holding an election and if it failed, would continue as planned.
They added that in the event that Mayor John Dal Broi was unable to act as Mayor in that time, they would be forced to hold an election at that time anyway.
Both Councillor Stead and Councillor Doug Curran ran for the position, and the two were put to a vote. Stead received eight votes in favour and became Deputy Mayor, effective immediately.
Cr Stead said in a statement regarding the appointment. "It has been an absolute honour for me to represent this community over the last 17 years," she said.
"I am passionate about Griffith and look forward to working with the Mayor and the rest of Council as we head towards the elections in December."
"I've been on council for 17 years, I've learned a lot and I just thought for the short-term, I can give it my best shot ... I'm grateful and happy to fulfill the position for the next two months."
Mayor John Dal Broi congratulated Cr Stead as well.
"I congratulate Councillor Stead, she has always been an enthusiastic member of Council," he said.
"I'd also like to thank Councillor Croce who has performed very well in the role over the past year."
Deputy Mayor Stead added that she will be running for council in the upcoming elections but had not yet decided whether she would run for mayor or deputy mayor again .
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