New Central Otago council sworn in
‘‘The mayoral chains symbolise the formality, responsibility and accountability of the office and the public service associated.’’
Central Otago’s new mayor has been presented with his mayoral chains and officially sworn in.
Tim Cadogan was the first to take the oath of office at the council’s inaugural meeting.
The meeeting was attended by family and friends in Alexandra on Wednesday.
Chief executive Leanne Mash presented Cadogan with the mayoral chains.
She said the chains ‘‘symbolise the formality, responsibility and accountability of the office and the public service associated’’.
Cadogan was followed by Neil Gillespie who took the deputy mayor position.
The annual report was also adopted at the meeting.
It showed $5.6 million more revenue for the 2015-16 financial year than expected.
Gillespie said it was a ‘‘damn fine result’’.
He acknowledged the contribution of former mayor Tony Lepper.
‘‘Without any disrespect to the current mayor, we should acknowledge the leadership of the previous mayor achieving that result and the good work.’’
Cr Martin McPherson said the quality of the report and its presentation was easy to digest.
‘‘I have been around a long time and I have seen some real mongrel annual reports.
‘‘This one is a wee beauty - I can even make sense of it.’’
Cadogan also announced the committee chair and deputy chairs including:
Three Waters Infrastructure, chaired by Malcolm Topliss, deputy Lynley Claridge.
Waste and Property Infrastructure, chaired by Nigel McKinlay, deputy Victoria Bonham.
Roading, chaired by Barrie Wills, deputy Stuart Duncan.
Planning and Environment, chaired by Neil Gillespie, deputy Martin McPherson.
Community Services, chaired by Stephen Jeffery, deputy Shirley Calvert.
Audit and Risk, Tim Cadogan, Neil Gillespie, Nigel McKinlay and Stephen Jeffery.
Funding Assessment, chaired by Martin McPherson; deputy Shirley Calvert.
Emergency Management, chaired by Tim Cadogan, deputy Neil Gillespie.
The new Central Otago District Council.
Chief executive, Leanne Mash