Our Mayor has gone on leave. In his absence I have joined what I have affectionately called the Unley Actors Guild. In other words, as Deputy Mayor, I have now become Acting Mayor.
In my 7 years at Council I have oft observed the following procedure.
- A member of our Administration sends me an email;
- I respond immediately to this email;
- My email attracts a prepared response to say that member of Administration is on leave and if my matter is urgent contact “x”;
- In contacting “x” I find he or she is wearing the “Acting Manager of this or that tag”.
This I was unfamiliar with until joining Council. In private enterprise and more appropriately in an SME I simply never experienced anyone wearing an “acting title”.
Little did I realise that one day I would join this club, courtesy of the Mayor’s decision to run for the Seat of Badcoe.
Mayor Lachlan Clyne, not that he has to unless and until elected to the seat of Badcoe, has decided he will resign as Mayor in January. The timing of his decisions, both to go on leave and to resign, is to avoid Unley having to fund a bi-election for Mayor in the lead up to our own election. If he were to resign in 2017 now we would be forced to have a bi-election.
Once he has resigned, Council will hold an internal election. We will elect from within our number both an Acting Mayor and a Deputy Mayor to see out the tenure of the current Council. Our elections are due also next year, in November.
Signing Off: Deputy (Acting) Mayor.
Member of the Unley Actors Guild