Ararat Rural City councillor Jo Armstrong will serve a second consecutive term as mayor after being re-elected at a statutory meeting on Thursday evening.
At the meeting, the council also elected Cr Peter Beales as Deputy Mayor.
Cr Armstrong joined council in October 2016 and was first elected as mayor in November 2019.
"It's an absolute honour to be elected as mayor and I accept this honour with humility," Cr Armstrong said.
"Serving Ararat this past year has been a real privilege, and I am gratified by your confidence in my ability to lead council for another year.
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"I wish to extend a big welcome to our four new colleagues - Cr William Waterston, Cr Bob Sanders, Cr Henry Burridge, Cr Rob Armstrong.
"We are team Ararat. All Seven of us who make up this council appreciate what effective teamwork can achieve.
"We have real challenges ahead of forging our new council plan, with strategies to improve housing being one of the most pressing."
Cr Peter Beales expressed his appreciation for the nomination of deputy mayor and acknowledged Cr Armstrong for her election as mayor.
"The reason that I did nominate you (Cr Armstrong) was the fact that I believe that continuity is very important," said Cr Beales.
"I hope to impart my experience and knowledge to the new councillors."
The council have elected to have a 1-year term for the mayor and deputy mayor.
"A one-year term will allow the council to reassess, and re-evaluate their direction each year, and continue to work with changing community values," said ARCC chief executive Dr Tim Harrison
The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 6.00pm. In the coming weeks, Ararat Rural City Council will update the community with a full meeting schedule for the 2020/2021 year.
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