BAYSWATER councillor Dan Bull became the City’s fifth mayor after nominating as the sole mayoral candidate at last night’s special council meeting.
Cr Bull was first elected to council in 2015 and served as the planning and development services committee chair last year.
The former Eskimo Joe keyboardist and singer-songwriter takes over from the re-elected Barry McKenna, who decided against contesting the position he had held since 2015.
Sixth-year councillor Chris Cornish was named deputy mayor for the first time.
Cr Bull said he would continue to support the staff and council to ensure Bayswater remained the best local government.
“It is an amazing honour to be entrusted by your fellow councillors particularly unopposed is something that I don’t take lightly,” he said.
“At the end of the day, a mayor is a leader amongst equals.
“We have no executive power so I think one of the biggest responsibilities of the mayor is to provide the leadership and cohesion so we can have a really strong, team-orientated, progressive council that I am going to strive for.”
Cr Bull said as mayor, he wanted to work with all the councillors to help them achieve the promises they made to residents.
Cr Cornish said it was great to be working with the new mayor.
“Beyond financial skills and experience, I will bring support for the mayor and listen to any dissatisfaction to help get satisfaction,” he said.
Cr McKenna said he was almost at the end of his political career and was looking forward to being a “good councillor”.
“People are sick of that old guard… it is great to see we have six women councillors because all we want to do is to be progressive, we want to be leaders,” he said.
“I am certainly looking forward to the next four years… I have been on council for 27 years now and it will be 31 years (at the end of this term).
“We have some very talented people that can step up to the mark.”