Second term as Deputy Mayor for Jeff McConnell

Lizz Hill with Jeff McConnell.

Scenic Rim Division 2 Cr Jeff McConnell has been re-elected as Scenic Rim’s Deputy Mayor at today’s Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Cr McConnell was nominated for a second consecutive term by Division 5 Cr Marshall Chalk, who said: “I believe he has done a fantastic job for the last 12 months and believe he should continue.”

Also nominated was Division 3 Cr Virginia West, who served as Deputy Mayor from 2012 to 2016.

She was nominated by Cr Michael Enright, who said Cr West was the longest-serving Councillor in Scenic Rim’s history, having represented her community for 20 years.

Cr West thanked Cr Enright for his support, but declined the nomination.

“I see that we have had a lot of changes around the table and given where we are in the election cycle, consistency and continuity are the two words that spring to my mind,” she said.

“I believe it’s about consistency and continuity, not only around this table but also for our community.”

Since 2016, the position of Deputy Mayor has been rotated annually amongst Council’s Elected Members with only Cr Duncan McInnes elected to a second consecutive term:

  • 2016 Cr Nigel Waistell
  • 2017 Cr Nadia O’Carroll
  • 2018 Cr Rick Stanfield
  • 2019 Cr Duncan McInnes
  • 2020 Cr Duncan McInnes
  • 2021 Cr Michael Enright

Cr McConnell said he had undertaken a wide range of professional development courses during the past 12 months to broaden his knowledge, enabling him to meet the expectations of the role of Deputy Mayor, and would continue to do so.

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