Who do you think should be deputy mayor of Palmerston North?
Palmerston North's election of mayor Jono Naylor and 15 councillors has been confirmed, but it will be at least another week before decisions are made about who will be deputy mayor.
Top polling councillor Lew Findlay said he did not expect to be offered the job because he challenged for the mayoralty.
Deputy for the last term Jim Jefferies said he would be happy to continue in the role.
And second-highest polling candidate Adrian Broad said he would relish the opportunity, but considered an offer was unlikely.
Mr Naylor has new power to appoint his own choice of deputy, whereas mayors in the past could be over-ruled.
But he said he would be seeking councillors' endorsement, at least, of his selection.
Mr Naylor was in Wellington attending a training seminar for re-elected mayors that would thrash out some of the details around mayoral powers to establish council committees, and select who should chair them.
He was yet to complete a round of one-on-one meetings with councillors to discuss what roles each might take in the new term of council. Decisions were likely to be made at a councillors' workshop on Friday.
Mr Naylor was the people's clear choice for mayor, with the final results putting him 10,511 first preference votes ahead of Cr Findlay's 4575.
Cr Findlay was the runaway first choice for council, with 3583 votes, ahead of Cr Broad on 1637.
But Cr Findlay said he expected to be "punished" for standing against Mr Naylor.
"I will be a back bencher."
He did not expect to be considered for the deputy mayoralty, and although he was the chairman of the community wellbeing committee, he did not expect to be a chairman this term.
Cr Jefferies won the role of deputy mayor in 2010, but he was not at the top of the poll with voters.
"I'm happy to assume the role if that's what the mayor thinks is appropriate."
Cr Broad said he did not want to chair a committee, but would happily be a deputy.
"My forte is working within networks in the community. I don't particularly enjoy the stress of chairing a council meeting.
"I would rather use my business and community networks to explore partnerships between us and broker some opportunities for collaboration."
He was also a new MidCentral District Health Board member, claiming first place in the poll, and expected to have a heavy workload.
"I need to give that a lot of emphasis. It is an organisation with five times the income of council, and four times the staff, and I'm new to it."
He said people had asked him what leadership role he might take on the council given his high polling, and the idea of being deputy mayor had been raised. "I would relish that, but it is unlikely," he said.
The full council, in the order they were elected in the city's first STV election is:
Lew Findlay, Adrian Broad, Duncan McCann, Leonie Hapeta, Jim Jefferies, Tangi Utikere, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Vaughan Dennison, Grant Smith, Aleisha Rutherford, Chris Teo-Sherrell, Annette Nixon, Ross Linklater and Billy Meehan.
They will be sworn in at the inaugural meeting on Wednesday, October 30.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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