By Molly Taylor
SENIOR Mount Gambier councillor Christian Greco is feeling cool, calm and collected about his new appointment as deputy mayor.
Cr Greco secured the position during this month’s council meeting, coming up against former deputy mayor Councillor Sonya Mezinec, whose two-year tenure had expired.
As the Economic and Environment Committee presiding member, Cr Greco said he would resign from the position to allow other elected members to experience new leadership opportunities.
“I am pretty excited that the council has the confidence in me to appoint me to such a role,” Cr Greco said.
“I have been a councillor for six years now, so it was good to be able to have their support to be able to do the role and I am essentially looking forward to working with the mayor to continue to the good work we are doing.
“I will be resigning from my presiding member role because I think it is very important at council to swap the roles around a bit allowing new councillors to experience those more senior council positions.”
Cr Greco said he would not have nominated for the role if he did not think he was up for the challenge and looked forward to following in the footsteps of Cr Mezinec.
“Hopefully I can live up to the community’s expectations in that role,” he said.
“I think councillor Mezinec did an absolutely impeccable job, she was fantastic and her commitment to council and the role I’m happy to say was second to none, so I am hoping I can follow in her footsteps.”
Council conveyed its thanks and appreciation to Cr Mezinec for serving the role of deputy mayor over the past two years.