Liberal-Democrat Clinton Mead new mayor of Campbelltown

FIRST-TERM councillor Clinton Mead was voted Campbelltown's new mayor at an extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday night. 

Independent councillor and former mayor Paul Lake edged out fellow independent Darcey Lound for the position of deputy mayor. 

Cr Mead, who is a Liberal Democrat, won the ballot 8-7 with the backing of the council's Liberal councillors. 

''I'd like to thank the people of Campbelltown, it's going to be an honour and privilege to serve them,'' he said. 

''And I'd like to thank my family, friends, partner and colleagues in this chamber for all their support this past year.''

Cr Mead was widely tipped to become the mayor following a deal stitched up by the Liberals months ago.

That same deal saw Sue Dobson installed as mayor in 2012 and will likely see Cr Lake installed as mayor in 2014. 

Despite the fact Cr Mead has just 12 months experience on the council, colleagues from both sides of the chamber were quick to offer their congratulations. 

One councillor speculated Cr Mead could be the youngest person ever to hold Campbelltown's top civic leadership role. 

Councillors also praised the efforts of outgoing mayor Sue Dobson and former deputy mayor George Greiss.

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