Councillor Anthony Patterson has been elected as the Kempsey Shire Council deputy mayor for the next 12 months.
Councillors voted at Tuesday's council meeting to elect the deputy mayor who will step into mayor Liz Campbell's role in the event that she is unavailable to perform her duties.
Councillors voted between two nominees, Cr Anthony Patterson and Cr Bruce Morris, with Cr Patterson receiving the majority vote.
Cr Patterson is an active local businessman and is a long-time resident of the Macleay Valley, he has many years' experience as a councilor and has previously filled the role of deputy mayor.
At Tuesday's meeting, Cr Patterson said he is looking forward to continuing in the role over the coming year after being elected to the position in 2019.
"It's an honour for me to be deputy mayor alongside this fantastic council and the leadership of our mayor Liz Campbell," he said.
"Council, in the past 12 months, has moved forward in showing resilience during the bushfires and COVID-19 and that is an important achievement.
"I also want to express my appreciation to our general manager Craig Milburn and council staff in helping me conduct myself in this position."
Mayor Campbell said she is looking forward to working alongside Cr Patterson once again.
"I congratulate Cr Patterson on his election as deputy mayor and look forward to working with him again over the next 12 months," she said.