City of Vincent to operate with one less councillor until October


City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole with councillor Jonathan Hallett. Picture: Martin Kennealey
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole with councillor Jonathan Hallett. Picture: Martin Kennealey

CITY of Vincent council will operate with one less North Ward councillor until the October local government election.

Vincent council this week agreed to save the $37,000 it would cost to hold an extraordinary election to fill the position made vacant after Emma Cole was elected Mayor on February 24.

Had council decided to hold an extraordinary election, the winning candidate would only hold the position for a term, covering just four council meetings, before the position became vacant again.

The decision comes after a few shuffles on council within the last seven months.

Former councillor Laine McDonald quit her position in August last year to replace retiring State Labor MLC Ken Travers.

Former mayor John Carey then stepped down at the end of January this year to focus on campaigning as the Labor Party candidate for the Perth electorate.

Former North Ward councillor Emma Cole was voted mayor by 4891 residents, which was 3570 votes more than her opponent Malcolm Boyd.

Jonathan Hallett was voted in to council to replace the position made vacant by Ms McDonald.