Gulaptis bid to become new mayor thwarted
By Emma Cornford
Debating the merits of an open or secret vote took up most of the Clarence Valley Council's mayoral election yesterday.
There was just a one-vote preference for an open vote ? the same margin which ended up separating the two mayoral candidates, councillors Ian Tiley and Chris Gulaptis.
As Cr Gulaptis' left foot jiggled nervously, the councillors voted.
The result was a narrow win for mayor Ian Tiley who was re-elected for a second term.
"I'm relieved and happy to have the opportunity to continue to lead a council which is totally committed to being the best we can be," he said.
"We've got lots more to do; it's an exciting time.
"What's important now is working together with unity to continue to heal the rifts which amalgamation undoubtedly created."
Two councillors changed their allegiances in yesterday's vote from the election six months ago ? Cr Shirley Adams changed her vote to Cr Gulaptis and Joy Mathews voted for Cr Tiley.
Cr Adams was re-elected unopposed as deputy mayor.