Boats ‘n’ Bikes owner, and current Deputy Mayor, Leon Stephens looks set to lead Port Pirie Regional Council.
Cr Stephens was provisionally elected Mayor with 3408 votes after the distribution of preferences with current Mayor John Rohde on 1936. The third mayoral contender, Mike Basley, had 1495 votes.
When asked by The Recorder if he would have a healing role in his new position, Cr Stephens said council will have to come up with some outcomes.
“What is past is past. We will forge our own way,” he said.
Stephens said he wanted the community to feel that council is listening and has their best interests at heart.
In October, when speaking to The Recorder leading up to the council elections, he said he would communicate respectfully with the community and staff and, importantly, the business community.
“My goal is to attract business that is different from what we have and increase our population by doing a combined promotion of the region through council, real-estate agents and the banks to target the “sea change-type" people who just want to slow down and enjoy life,” he said.
Mr Stephens has been on council for eight years, serving as Deputy Mayor for the past four years.