Shire of Gingin council elects Collard as president, Elgin as deputy

JP Margaret Greenwell (centre) with newly elected councillors Frank Johnson, Kim Rule, Jacqui Lobb and James Morton.
Shire President Ian (Sam) Collard, JP Margaret Greenwell and Deputy Shire President John Elgin.
JP Margaret Greenwell (centre) with newly elected councillors Frank Johnson, Kim Rule, Jacqui Lobb and James Morton. Shire President Ian (Sam) Collard, JP Margaret Greenwell and Deputy Shire President John Elgin.

IAN (Sam) Collard was elected Shire of Gingin president by his peers at a special council meeting this week, with John Elgin elected his deputy.

Cr Collard, who has been on council since 2009, became the president at the October 24 meeting when incoming councillors were sworn in.

“I first became a councillor in 1978 at the age of 27 – at that time I was one of three councillors representing the North ward and served in that capacity for six years,” he said.

“I wasn’t involved in council again until 2009 when I served as councillor for Guilderton Caraban ward, and have been an elected member at the Shire since then.”

Chief executive Jeremy Edwards said the four vacancies at this year’s election were filled by James Morton, Kim Rule, Jacqui Lobb and Frank Johnson

“Councillors Morton, Rule, Lobb and Johnson made their declarations of office before local Justice of the Peace Margaret Greenwell at the meeting,” he said.

“(Former President) David Roe and councillor Sandra Smiles chose not to nominate for council and did not contest the election.

“Cr Michael Aspinall and Cr Val Ammon were not re-elected to council and we wish them all the very best for the future.”

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