COUNCILLOR Robyn Jenkins was elected as deputy mayor at last Wednesday's Greater Taree City Council meeting.
Serving in her inaugural term for the 2012-2016 council, the new deputy mayor succeeds councillor Alan Tickle, who served in the position during the previous one-year deputy mayor term.
Cr Tickle congratulated Cr Jenkins on her appointment and thanked the community for their support.
"I'm honoured to have served the community as the deputy mayor over the past 12 months," he said.
Deputy mayors are elected by councillors either for a one-year period, or for the remainder of the current council term. In last week's decision, councillors chose to elect Cr Jenkins for the one year period.
Five councillors nominated, including the incumbent Cr Tickle, along with Crs Epov, Bell, Jenkins and West.
Once the votes were cast, preferential balloting was tallied at the meeting, and Cr Jenkins was declared elected for the September 2013 - September 2014 period.
"I appreciate the confidence shown in me by my colleagues and am very much looking forward to the job," said deputy mayor Jenkins.
"I have an enormous learning curve ahead and want to make a positive and useful contribution to Greater Taree City Council in the coming 12 months, working collaboratively with the community, the mayor, my councillor colleagues, the executive leadership team and all council staff.
Deputy mayor Jenkins looks forward to finding innovative ways to encourage and support economic development in a manner which ensures the pristine condition of the Manning Valley is safeguarded while also generating jobs and a better life for "those who call this wonderful place home".
"I will continue to listen to the concerns of Manning Valley residents, about what is important to them and help them understand how council can respond,"Cr Jenkins concluded.