Tiley going for top job
THE GLOVES will be off at next Tuesday’s mayoral vote when councillor Ian Tiley challenges incumbent mayor Richie Williamson for the top job.
Cr Tiley said he decided to run for the position after he was approached by a fellow councillor about the annual election.
“I have now approached my councillor colleagues with my intention to run for mayor and it’s now their decision who is elected,” he said
Cr Tiley, the former mayor of Maclean Shire Council from 1997 to 2000 and Clarence Valley Council from 2005 to 2008, said while he had nothing against the job Cr Williamson had done, he would bring decades of experience to the role.
“I have been continuously involved with local government for 46-and-a-half years and I have lots of connections with politicians on both a state and federal level,” he said.
After two years as mayor, Cr Williamson said he was confident he would gain the support of fellow councillors at the September 28 vote.
“I will certainly be putting my hand up again for the Mayoral position as council is mid-term and the council has had some good results over the past two years,” he said.
Cr Williamson said he was not surprised Cr Tiley intended to run against him for the position as mayor.
“Any of the nine councillors are able annually to throw their hand up to lead this wonderful, progressive council or to be deputy mayor,” he said.
When contacted yesterday by the Examiner, most councillors were aware of Cr Tiley’s intention to challenge but none would say who they would be supporting.
Cr Margaret McKenna said she was very happy with Cr Williamson and the job he had done as mayor.
“Cr Tiley has contacted me and I will be meeting with him next Monday to discuss the issue,” she said.
Cr Ian Dinham said he would not be drawn on who he would support. “It is the time of year to consider who should lead us for the next 12 months and we will do that over the next week,” he said.
When the news of the challenge was broken to Cr Craig Howe by the Examiner yesterday, he said he would have to weigh up the pros and cons of both councillors.
“I am quite happy to still support Richie as mayor but when someone else is in the running it’s something you have to think about,” he said.
Cr Hughes and Cr Simmons declined to comment and Cr Comben and Cr Toms were unavailable for comment.