Cr Don Firth has been elected Mayor of Benalla Rural City for a one year term.
Cr Firth has previously served as a Councillor from 2008 – 2012.
Cr Firth was elected Mayor at a Special Meeting of the new Council on 9 November 2016.
Also at the meeting the five new and two returned Councillors (Cr Alexander and Cr Davis) were sworn in, being;
Cr Barbara Alexander
Cr Danny Claridge
Cr Peter Davis
Cr Don Firth
Cr Bernie Hearn
Cr Scott Upston
Cr Willie van Wersch
The Mayor said his priorities are the fundamentals of local government being roads, rates and rubbish, while acknowledging modern Councils have a great breadth of responsibility.
“Councils look after everything from community health to pet control,” Mayor Cr Firth said.
“I ask you all to have patience with your new Council to find the best way forward and trust that we will do our very best over the next four years to deliver a better community for us all to live, work and grow in.
“It is with great pleasure that