LET the people vote for the mayor.
That’s the message from the final instalment of The Border Mail’s online survey ahead of today’s local government elections.
Councillors vote on an annual basis for the mayor and deputy mayor roles, but 73.4 per cent of the respondents to the survey want ratepayers to decide the mayor.
A popularly elected mayor was pushed hard by former mayor Amanda Duncan-Strelec during her time on council.
But the incumbent, Cr Alice Glachan, said her position had changed on the issue since joining the council in 2004.
“There are greater merits for the councillors to select from within,” she said.
“The councillors know each other better than the community knows us. The councillor portrayed in the media can be very different to the person we deal with on a daily basis.
“We as a group of nine councillors need to work as a team.
“It is far better to elect the mayor annually.”
Cr Glachan has served three of the four years of the current council as mayor after taking over from Cr Patricia Gould in 2009.
She has survived challenges from Cr Henk van de Ven in the last three years with Cr Gould also re-nominating for mayor in 2009.
Even if Cr Glachan is unsuccessful in being re-elected she will remain caretaker mayor until the mayoral election.
Albury’s new council will meet for the first time on September 24 and will elect a mayor and deputy mayor.
Les Tomich conducts mayoral ballot. Our online survey has shown voters want to decide the mayor.
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