Marlborough Express

Mayor names new deputy


New Marlboroug­h mayor Nadine Taylor, shortly after being sworn in herself, has named a ‘‘strategic thinker’’ as her deputy.

Taylor said at the first full council meeting of the term yesterday afternoon that new deputy mayor David Croad had excelled as a councillor over the past three years.

‘‘We work well together, and I’m confident he has the qualities and skills required to be outstandin­g in the role,’’ Taylor said. Croad would also chair the assets and services committee, which oversaw the management of the council’s big-budget items, as Taylor revealed the rest of her council line-up and committee structure. Taylor chaired the assets and services committee last term.

Taylor said Croad held a high level of understand­ing as to the ‘‘workings’’ of the committee.

‘‘He is a strategic thinker, a skill that is ideal when considerin­g the council’s 30-year infrastruc­ture plan, the Three Waters reforms and our extensive capital expenditur­e programme,’’ Taylor said.

Croad said he was honoured to accept the role of deputy mayor.

‘‘I look forward to supporting our outstandin­g mayor, and the new group of councillor­s,’’ he said.

He said he would help support the council to make ‘‘really good decisions’’ and ‘‘keep Marlboroug­h moving’’.

Taylor had decided to mostly retain the previous term’s committee structure, but the ‘‘planning’’ component of the planning, finance and community committee would be heard in the environmen­t committee –

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