Bill Cashmore picked as Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's deputy
"Very affable" South Aucklander Bill Cashmore will be new Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's deputy.
Sources close to the mayor's office confirmed Cashmore, Franklin's two-term councillor, will be announced as deputy mayor.
Goff's senior press secretary Nirupa George when asked to confirm Cashmore's appointment said "no comment" but said key council committee chair appointments along with Goff's deputy choice would be announced on Thursday.
On Tuesday several sources confirmed that Len Brown stalwart and two term deputy mayor Penny Hulse made Goff's deputy shortlist but wouldn't get the nod.
A local body politician with more than 25 years experience, Cashmore, 59, first became involved in Auckland local body politics as a member of the pre-amalgamation Clevedon Community Board before becoming an Auckland regional councillor.
Elected to Auckland Council in 2013, Cashmore is a well liked, "very affable person" with a "good business brain", said outgoing Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer.
Brewer, who has been elected to north Auckland's Rodney Local Board, which largely mirrors Franklin's predominantly rural makeup, hopes Deputy Mayor Cashmore will give rural Aucklanders a louder voice on council.
"We are please peripheral Auckland will get more of a chance, perhaps our needs and wants will be prioritised?
"Cashmore inherently understands rural community issues and rural growth."
An outgoing councillor, North Shore's George Wood, described Cashmore as being "very diligent, spending a huge amount of time on council business".
"[Cashmore] would be very professional in the way he goes about council business."
However, Wood hoped Cashmore would not let parochial politics blind him to the needs of urban Auckland.
"I just hope he has an affinity for inner city residents who are struggling with rising rates."
An Auckland political insider who didn't want to be named said Goff had made a safe and shrewd choice.
"Cashmore doesn't ruffle any feathers and he's not going to be a [mayoral] contender."
Cashmore could not be contacted for comment.