2017 Media Releases

Councillors sworn in and Deputy Mayor elected for new Council term

26 September 2017


Thirteen Councillors, including returning Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, were officially sworn in last night as part of the first meeting for the new Council.

In a first for Willoughby City Council, the Councillors took either an oath or affirmation of office in a crowded gallery of family and friends. It was standing room only as each Councillor made their oath or affirmation, some holding bibles that had been passed down through families for generations.

Following a quick recess for photos and congratulations, the Council soon moved into session. A Mayoral Minute from Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney paid tribute to former Councillors not returning for this term.

Councillor Hugh Eriksson was elected Deputy Mayor of Willoughby City by open ballot at the meeting.

Councillor Eriksson was first elected to Willoughby City Council in 2012 to represent the people of Sailors Bay Ward, and was elected again in 2017.

As Deputy Mayor, Councillor Eriksson may exercise any function of the Mayor at the request of the Mayor or if the Mayor is prevented by illness, absence, or otherwise, from exercising the function, or if there is a casual vacancy in the office of Mayor.

“I look forward to working with Deputy Mayor, Councillor Eriksson and the other Councillors to represent our community in the coming term. I’m excited to work together to continue delivering great projects and improved services for the people of Willoughby. We have a great team and I'm looking forward to the next three years." said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

About the Oath or Affirmation

An oath is a verbal promise to tell the truth. Oaths are frequently made while holding the Bible, the New Testament or the Old Testament. Witnesses may choose to swear an oath on another relevant religious text. It is not necessary that a religious text be used in taking an oath.

An affirmation is a verbal, solemn and formal declaration, which is made in place of an oath. A person may choose to make an affirmation rather than taking an oath. An affirmation has the same effect as an oath.

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