Newly appointed Gore district deputy mayor Bronwyn Reid is the first woman to be elected to the position since the council was formed 30 years ago.
Mayor Tracy Hicks nominated Mrs Reid at the statutory council meeting this week.
Deputy mayor for the past 12 years Cliff Bolger seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
While Mrs Reid is the first female deputy mayor, Mary Ogg served as mayor from 1995 to 2001.
Mrs Reid said she was “humbled” to be offered the position and had not expected to be asked.
“I was very surprised to be offered it because Cliff had been the deputy mayor for 12 years and he is still a serving councillor,” Mrs Reid said.
“And it took a wee while to actually make a decision about it because I am aware of the fact it takes a lot of time and energy as well and responsibility but I’m happy to accept the position.”
Mr Hicks said he had a great deal of respect for Mrs Reid.
“I rate Bronwyn as a person of integrity and I trust her implicitly, and I think she certainly has a big picture vision and will work for the betterment of the district,” Mr Hicks said.
He had known Mrs Reid for more than 60 years.
“We went through school together, both primary and high school.”
Mr Bolger had been part of the discussion around the choice for deputy mayor, Mr Hicks said.
“This is no reflection on Cliff .. he was very, very supportive and quite excited about her .. for that role.”
The deputy mayor had an important role to play.
“Being able to fill in at public functions for the mayor and having the faith and trust in an individual to represent yourself as the mayor, but also the district, is important.”