Two have interest in the mayoral job
WANGARATTA city mayor Ken Clarke has confirmed he will nominate for a second year term in the top seat but another has expressed interest at this stage.
Councillor David Fuller told the Chronicle that he would like to take on the role when fellow councillors nominate and vote on November 28.
However it plays out, Cr Fuller suggested it would be an amicable acceptance and he would settle for the mayoral role in his third year of council if unsuccessful in two weeks’ time.
“Ken has been doing a good job as mayor and he offers continu- ity in the role,” Cr Fuller said.
“I entrust with my colleagues to make the right decision and we have been working well as a team.
“Ashlee (Fitzpatrick) has come on board and she is a strong operator and will offer a fresh perspective to council as well.”
Cr Clarke said Ms Fitzpatrick is very committed to junior people in the city and taking on jobs that older people would struggle to do.
He referred to Ms Fitzpatrick’s motivation and ability to head up the Wangaratta High School Parents and Friends Association as “unbelievable”.
“To be truthful, someone like myself at 81 years of age, my time has come and really in a couple of years’ time we need people like Ashlee and (Cr) David Fuller to look after this city for years to come,” Cr Clarke said.
Cr Clarke noted that there would be a fair sort of induction program for Ms Fitzpatrick which will give her a lot of knowledge of what transpires in local government.
“I really think she will be tutored by some of our other councillors and she has a long term ahead in council,” he said.
Her inclusion to the seven member council will bring a return to an uneven voting number, which Cr Clarke said would take pressure off himself when numbers are tied on any given topic of agenda.
“We’re looking forward to her being able to participate next week in council,” he said.
Cr Clarke has attended dozens of events in his capacity over the last 12 months and he is up for the challenge again.