Campbelltown Council looks set to endorse a mayor for the next year four years, in a dramatic shift from the arrangement last term which saw four mayors take the reins for a year each.
As part of sweeping changes to NSW councils, the NSW government passed legislation changing the terms for mayors from one year to two.
However, Labor – which holds seven of 15 seats on the council – has officially endorsed caucus leader George Brticevic as mayor for the entire next four years.
Cr Brticevic is all but assured of the position after Cr Paul Lake (independent) guaranteed his “unconditional support” for the Labor councillor, giving him the eight votes needed to secure the job as mayor.
“I am delighted and humbled by the team’s decision to nominate me,” Cr Brticevic said.
“I have lived in Campbelltown all my life – it’s where I was raised, went to school and raised our children with my wife Monique.
“To have an opportunity to serve this city as mayor is a tremendous privilege.
“I have been greatly encouraged by the offers of support by many of the non-Labor councillors.
“I look forward to working with them constructively if elected mayor.
“Our city faces many challenges over the next few years, but I am absolutely committed to working for Campbelltown and its residents to ensure that at every level of Government our voice is heard.”
The party has also endorsed long-serving councillor Meg Oates as the deputy mayor for the next two years.
The council will meet next Tuesday to officially vote for both positions.