The Municipal Association of Victoria Councillor Development Weekend at
Lorne through up plenty of interesting debate about ethical and
behaviourial issues.

The issue I found most interesting was this question of how a mayor is
selected. Victoria has very few long-serving mayors because most
councils rotate the position after just 12 months in what is usually a
backroom deal with various councillors.

However, there is no process. A bunch of people who are often meeting
for the first time are asked to vote one of their crew as mayor within
two weeks of polling day.

Some councils go through a beauty parade in which councillors produce a
CV, outline their vision for the shire and declare how much time they
can commit to the job.

Peter Fray

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