Ludlow back again as city deputy mayor
Darren Ludlow has been reappointed deputy mayor, but Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is keeping mum on the other appointments.
Mr Shadbolt said he had asked Mr Ludlow to be deputy mayor because of his good performance last term but would not be announcing any other appointments until next week. There are 36 different entities and positions that councillors are appointed to, including standing committees and trusts.
"What comes under consideration during this decision is where they are placed in the polls."
Mr Shadbolt said he had been discussing the various options with the councillors for the positions this week and had decided to side with a rather "conservative" lineup.
There was "general acceptance" from the other councillors that Mr Ludlow would be deputy mayor, he said.
Deputy mayors traditionally chaired a committee as well and it was likely Mr Ludlow would continue his reign of the regulatory services committee, he said.
All other positions would be announced once he had finalised his list and circulated it among councillors, he said.
But councillors will have a chance to express their disapproval before the full council meeting where the positions will be set in stone.
Mr Ludlow, who was deputy mayor for the past term, said he was delighted with the announcement.
"I am really pleased. We've had a really good relationship over the past 12 months in particular and we have both got a better understanding of each other."
"I missed out on the deputy mayoralty for two terms, so to be asked to continue with the role is great," he said.
"It's really flattering and an honour."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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