Over and out for Mayor Toms

It was the last council meeting Steve Toms chaired and it was probably one of his quickest.
Nanjing Night Net

Last Thursday’s formal side of the monthly meeting was done and dusted in record time but done in the retiring mayor’s usual aplomb and efficiency.

Cr Toms will not recontest his position on council which he won four years ago in what could only be described as a landslide.

He thanked his fellow councillors and council staff for their support over the years.

“We’ve had our ups and downs and not always agreed but we have always been able to work through the issues together and that’s always been a positive.

“That has allowed us to go forward as a council and get the best outcomes for the district.”

Cr Toms thanked his deputy Mayor Col Price for his support over the years.

“Col has been a great sounding board and we’ve worked very well together.”

Robert Schroder, retiring after 17 years on council was thanked for the great contribution he has made to the community over the years.

Another one wanting to thank retiring councillors was Hein Basson, general manager of the Glen Innes Severn Council.

“This is the end of era with Robert Schroder stepping down. He has been an old stalwart and he has been a great strength to this council.

“And the leadership that has come from the mayor is something that has made this a functioning and effective council.

“We certainly didn’t agree on everything but we were able to work through issues for the betterment of the community.

“I have spent 25 years working in local government and these past years in Glen Innes have been the most satisfying time for me so I thank you for that.”

It is only hoped that the retiring councillors get a little more than a cup cake for their years of effort but that was on the morning tea menu.

The mayor will not formally step down until three weeks after elections (September 8) when a new mayor will be elected by the council.

o Retiring : After 8 years on council, Mayor Steve Toms is stepping down. He chaired his last meeting last Thursday.

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