The Mount Alexander Shire Council produced this Media Release today:
Cr Christine Henderson has been endorsed by her fellow Councillors to be elected as Mayor at the Statutory Meeting of Council to be held on Tuesday 11 November 2014.
Cr Henderson is the current Deputy Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire, and the Mayor Elect process will allow for a seamless transition to her new role.
Cr Henderson was first elected to Council in 2008. She is the elected representative for the Coliban Ward.
Following the Statutory Meeting, Cr Henderson will replace Cr Michael Redden who has been in the Mayoral role for the past two years. Cr Redden is the elected representative for the Loddon River Ward.
Current Mayor Cr Michael Redden has been in the job the past two years, and from that which we are informed, we believe didn’t want to give up the position. No wonder at over $53,000 per year.
It will be interesting to see how Cr Henderson performs in the Mayoral role. She has plenty of council experience under her belt (good) but has at times displayed a somewhat Left-leaning bias (not so good). She seems to have matured in her council role over the years; we just hope she can leave her political leanings outside the council chamber.
Of course the councillors didn’t have much realistic choice as Mayor. Some councillors are too new to the role to adequately fulfil the Mayoral position, some are most likely not interested (such as Crs Cole and Bell) and at least one far too radically Green-Left in their politics to be healthy, being an Endorsed Green when originally standing for council (Cr Machin).
The councillor we’d really like to see as Mayor is Cr Tony Bell, the one current councillor who, in our opinion, is willing to stand up and speak out for the people, come what may. We suspect Cr Bell is also the councillor the shire CEO would least like as Mayor, which may just be another reason Cr Bell should be in the job!