Stone elected Deputy Mayor

ELECTED: New Deputy Mayor Phil Stone said he was humbled to get the nod from his fellow councillors.

ELECTED: New Deputy Mayor Phil Stone said he was humbled to get the nod from his fellow councillors.

Councillor Phill Stone is Whyalla's new deputy mayor following a vote at Monday's ordinary Council meeting.

Mayor Clare McLaughlin congratulated Cr Stone on his appointment and said he would bring a wealth of local government experience to the role.

Before becoming an elected member, Cr Stone worked as a Council officer in tourism and communications for more than 35 years. In his tourism role he was responsible for the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre before moving into the role of Manager Communications and Public Relations.

"I look forward to the opportunities for Phill, and the community, this appointment will bring," Mayor McLaughlin said.

"In just one year as an elected member, Phill has worked hard for the city and shown tremendous enthusiasm for community engagement with his representation at many important occasions.

"We have a busy schedule and I look forward to the continued support of Phill in this area and the continuation of his work on many projects and endeavours in our city."

Cr Stone said he was humbled to have the support of his fellow elected members with this appointment.

"The whole reason for getting on Council was to do what I could for the city and this honour just adds to that," Cr Stone said.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and will continue to be here, doing positive things for the city, representing Council and working with the great team we have.

"It's something I never dreamed would happen and, in a lot of ways, it caps off my career in local government."

Under its Election of Deputy Mayor Policy, Council elects a deputy mayor every 12 months. Cr Stone takes over from Cr Rick Santucci who didn't seek re-election.