David Wing slected as new mayor of Louth for 2013/14

Councillor David Wing will become the new mayor of Louth for 2013/14
Councillor David Wing will become the new mayor of Louth for 2013/14

Councillor David Wing will become the new mayor of Louth for 2013/14 after being selected for the role on Tuesday night.

Councillor Wing, of St Mary’s ward, was the winning candidate from a closed vote at the Sessions House at the full Louth Town Council meeting.

Meanwhile Councillor Andrew Leonard was selected as the deputy mayor for the year ahead, with both beginning their new roles in May.

As reported earlier this month, Louth Town Council recently voted to change the way they select their mayor for the first time in many years.

Though this year both mayor and deputy mayor were selected without past experience, from next year the future mayor, also known as the chairman of the council, spend a year as deputy before stepping up to the full role.

Therefore under the new system Coun Leonard, who was not at the meeting, will become mayor for 2014/15.

Both are due to be formally elected to their new roles on May 17.

In the past a somewhat unusual system saw the mayor step straight up to the role, spending the subsequent year as deputy in order to assist the new mayor.

On the announcement by the town clerk of the new mayor, Coun Wing said: “I will try and do as well as the previous mayor (Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders).”

See next week’s Leader for the full story and the thoughts of Couns Wing and Leonard.