Councillor Reece Harley eyes City of Perth deputy post

Perth Councillor Reece Harley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Perth Councillor Reece Harley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

REECE Harley has confirmed he will run for City of Perth deputy mayor if he is successful and Deputy Mayor James Limnios is not in the October local government elections.

Both are up for re-election next month and have indicated they would both also run for the Lord Mayor position if it becomes available.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi recently stepped back from her duties while she awaits the outcome of her State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) appeals.

A Department of Local Government spokeswoman said if Ms Scaffidi lost her appeals and was forced out of the role, an extraordinary election would be held within a month at a cost to be determined by the City of Perth.

The spokeswoman said any sitting councillor could run for Lord Mayor and if successful, another extraordinary election would be required to fill the vacant role.

Cr Limnios took over duties from Ms Scaffidi but could potentially be gone in October.

If Cr Limnios is not re-elected, councillors would vote in a new deputy mayor.

Mr Harley said he would be keen to fill the role.

“I nominated for the role two years ago and ran against James,” he said.

Former Liberal MLA Michael Sutherland, who is running for Perth City council, also expressed interest in the role of Lord Mayor.

His campaign for councillor got off to a bumpy start this month when a Facebook video addressing Wellington Square’s “vagrancy problem” clearly identified indigenous individuals.

The video copped more than 1200 comments, many of which condemned the racial slant.

Cr Limnios and Mr Sutherland were contacted for comment.

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