Exmouth Town Councillors have voted in a new mayor – Green Party councillor Olly Davey.
Adam Manning www.exmouthjournal.co.uk
At the Exmouth Town meeting held on Monday, May 22, Cllr Davey became the new mayor, with independent councillor Jo Whibley as his deputy mayor.
Cllr Davey takes over the mayorial role from Cllr Steve Gazzard, an independent who represents Exmouth Withycombe, who had been the mayor since May 2019.
Cllr Davey said: “I am honoured to be the first Green mayor of Exmouth and thank Exmouth Town councillors for nominating and electing me to this position. I shall aim to represent Exmouth and its people to the best of my ability”.
Olly has served as a district councillor and town councillor for the last four years and has been re elected as a district councillor for Exmouth town ward.
As a member of the EDDC strategic planning committee he has been involved in the development of the draft new local plan for East Devon. He is now in a key role to ensure that the views of Exmouth Town are considered by the district council.
Following the district council elections in May, councillor Steve Gazzard was re-elected for another term.
He spoke to the Journal at the count: “I’m delighted to be re-elected, whether people voted for me or not we are here to serve the community and we will do what we can for residents until the next election.
“We did not set out specific aims in our manifesto but if any residents what to come and raise something with us we can do what we can to help.”
After an election, councillors agree at the next council meeting a new mayor and deputy.