Jason Cook sworn in as Deputy Mayor

Gatton Star - - News - Fran­cis Wit­sen­huy­sen Fran­cis.Wit­sen­huy­sen@gat­ton­star.com.au

NEWLY elected Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional coun­cil­lor Jason Cook has made the gi­ant leap into the role of deputy mayor.

The de­ci­sion was made at the LVRC post elec­tion meet­ing last Wed­nes­day, where new and re­turn­ing coun­cil­lors were also sworn in.

Re­turn­ing coun­cil­lor Jim McDon­ald nom­i­nated Cr Cook for deputy, which was backed by Cr Kathy McLean.

The new Deputy Mayor said he was ex­cited to be given the op­por­tu­nity of the role.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity and en­gag­ing with the other coun­cil­lors to get the re­sults the com­mu­nity are look­ing for,” Cr Cook said.

“My busi­ness in­ter­ests are sorted and now I can com­mit 100% to coun­cil and to this role.

“I don’t like do­ing any­thing un­less I can do it prop­erly.”

The other coun­cil­lors were of­fi­cially sworn in when the Dec­la­ra­tion of Of­fice was made and sub­scribed to by Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan and Coun­cil­lors McDon­ald, McLean, Cook, Chris Wil­son and Michael Ha­gan.

Cr Jan­ice Hol­stein’s ab­sence was granted at the cer­e­mony, due to fam­ily com­mit­ments.

Cr Mil­li­gan said she was ex­cited that Cr Cook was nom­i­nated as her deputy.

“It’s a real priv­i­lege for him that his peers around the ta­ble nom­i­nated him for the po­si­tion, and that it was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, Cr Mil­li­gan said.

“I’ve worked with Jason be­fore.

“We were on the Cahill Park com­mit­tee to­gether so we know how one an­other works and al­ready make a great team.

“He will ab­so­lutely ex­cel in this role as my deputy.”

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

NEW ROLE: Lock­yer Val­ley Deputy Mayor Ja­son Cook says he is look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan.

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

It’s of­fi­cial, the newly elected LVRC team.

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