Mayor of Ottery St Mary ‘honoured’ to begin 10th year in role
PUBLISHED: 06:38 14 May 2016
Glyn Dobson says he is prepared for ‘difficult’ time ahead
Ottery’s mayor says he will be ‘honoured’ to serve his 10th consecutive year in the role after being re-elected this week.
Councillor Glyn Dobson faced competition from Cllr Roger Giles, but won a town council vote by a narrow margin on Monday.
His deputy, Cllr Ian Holmes, was also re-elected in a closely-fought victory against Cllr Geoff Pratt. Each gained five votes from members present, with the mayor casting the final vote in favour of Cllr Holmes.
Cllr Giles – who recently argued the role should have a fixed tenure – was nominated by Cllr Pratt.
Cllr Jessica Bailey seconded the proposal and praised Cllr Giles’ ‘outstanding’ commitment.
Cllr Dobson said: “I would be honoured to accept the position of mayor for one more year. I appreciate it will be a difficult year and that West Hill will change if it gets independence. I hope we can work a bit more closely with West Hill.”
After being put forward for deputy mayor, Cllr Pratt said: “I think it’s time to consider whether the position of a deputy mayor should be held by a member of a rural ward.
“The council is more than just the town of Ottery and this should be recognised by a councillor who represents a rural ward, in my case Tipton.”