JOONDALUP councillor Russ Fishwick is back as deputy mayor.
Colleagues elected him for a second term at last week’s council meeting after Cr Tom McLean stood down after one year as is customary at Joondalup.
Cr Fishwick was nominated by Cr Kerry Hollywood and won a ballot against Cr Christine Hamilton-Prime, who was nominated by colleague Liam Gobbert. He said he was honoured to be chosen and said local government was not in the Australian Constitution despite beginning in 1840.
“It is a very valuable institution of power and most connected to the people as seen tonight,” he said, referring to a gallery full of people interested in the future of parks in Craigie and Mullaloo.
He said the “administration of this council is very professional”.
Mayor Troy Pickard thanked Cr McLean for his second term as deputy and for “representing Joondalup on many occasions when I was unable to”.
Mr Pickard last month congratulated Cr Fishwick on his appointment to the Local Government Advisory Board.
“It is a good reflection on the council and Cr Fishwick who is also the chairman of Mindarie Regional Council and a WALGA (WA Local Government Association) State councillor,” he said.