CAROLYN Crossley has been elected mayor of Wellington Shire for the next 12 months.
Cr Crossley was elected to the top job ahead of outgoing deputy mayor Patrick McIvor five votes to three on Wednesday afternoon. Cr Crossley preceded Cr McIvor as deputy mayor.
Outgoing mayor Scott Rossetti and Crs Darren McCubbin, Emilie Davine and John Duncan voted for Cr Crossley, while Crs Bob Wenger and Peter Cleary voted for Cr McIvor.
Only eight councillors were present for the mayoral vote with Malcolm Hole unable to attend because of ill health.
The new deputy mayor is Cr Duncan, who defeated Cr Wenger 5-3. The vote for deputy mayor went along the same lines as the mayoral ballot.
Having been confined to a wheelchair in recent months following a stroke, Cr Duncan said his condition would not affect his ability to fulfil his new role.
Owner of the Cowwarr Art Space, Cr Crossley thanked her fellow councillors for placing the mayoral responsibility in her hands.
“I’m one of many; you’re all representatives and I will do my utmost to represent your views and support our residents and ratepayers of Wellington Shire to the best of my ability,” she said.
“I’m very aware and very thankful for the responsibility you’ve placed with me.
“Cr Scott Rossetti has been a fantastic mayor for the past two years, he’ll be a hard act to follow.”
Council chief executive David Morcom recognised the efforts of outgoing mayor Scott Rossetti, who opted not to stand for re-election after two successive years in the position.
Along with his previous term in 2010, Cr Rossetti is Wellington Shire’s only three-term mayor.
“Councillor Rossetti has brought immense commitment to the role, passionately leading and serving our community with his unparalleled energy,” Mr Morcom said.
“His professionalism combined with an outstanding grasp of local, state and federal political issues has ensured that Wellington Shire Council has been able to advocate effectively for the community on a range of issues.
“Over two years, Cr Rossetti has demonstrated considerable skill and expertise.
“He has played a significant role within the Gippsland Local Government Network, including time as its chair, advocating effectively for the community of Wellington and greater Gippsland.”
Mr Morcom said Cr Rossetti had been a great support in his role of chief executive.
“His guidance and experience over the past two years have been invaluable,” he said.