Settling into the mayoral seat
WHAT is it like being Mayor? It is great and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges and opportunities that come with the office.
My first move was to restructure our committees so that all councillors would either chair or act as deputy chair of one of these.
My aim is to have everyone involved so they feel like they can work more closely with key staff. I hope that in this way we can all get a better understanding of what is happening and to explore ways of continually improving our service to ratepayers.
Since then it has been a case of listening and taking notes. Because I am new, lots of people have taken the opportunity to contact me and to visit me in my office. I enjoy this and I am filling up a pad full of suggestions from lots of different people.
I have been thinking of ways of dealing with all these issues and I have begun working with the CEO on the best way of doing it. I have taken the step of joining the management team so these things can be actioned and reported back to me and to you.
During the rest of my term, I hope to share with you how we are progressing on any of our new initiatives and sharing some of the fun things that I get to see and work on.
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