COUNCILLOR Chris Doohan will continue as Deputy Mayor following his re-election at Tuesday’s Council meeting.
Cr Doohan was elected to the role unopposed for a 12 month period – pending an announcement on a proposed amalgamation with Newcastle City or Dungog Shire Council.
“It’s an interesting time for local government in NSW and unfortunately at the moment, Port Stephens are caught in the crosshairs of major reform,” Cr Doohan said.
“I’ve enjoyed working with Mayor MacKenzie and my fellow Councillors in the Deputy Mayor role over the last 12 months.
“I’m excited at the opportunity to continue building on the great platform we’ve set – for however long that may be.”
Mayor Bruce MacKenzie welcomed the re-election of his deputy from the 2015 term.
“Cr Doohan has proven to be an exceptional deputy, helping guide this organisation and community through a significant period of uncertainty,” Mayor MacKenzie said.
“He has thrown himself into the role with great enthusiasm and proved himself an exceptional leader for Port Stephens moving forward.
“Cr Doohan is a proud local, who has represented himself, his family and community with the utmost integrity.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what else he is able to add to this Council, while we remain serving the Port Stephens community.”