St Edmundsbury’s deputy mayor, Cllr Patrick Chung, is to become its new mayor if he is re-elected in May.
The decision follows a vote during full council on Tuesday, but was objected to by Cllr David Nettleton who asked for it to be referred back to the Mayoral Advisory Committee.
Of more than 35 councillors at the meeting, only three voted for the referral, leaving Cllr Chung as mayor-elect, ready to take over from retiring mayor Cllr Robert Everitt.
Cllr Chung said: “I’m very grateful, and honoured as well, to be nominated for the job.
“What I would like to say is thanks once again for all of your support. I will do my best for St Edmundsbury and West Suffolk.”
After the meeting, Cllr Chung’s fellow Southgate ward representative, Cllr Sarah Stamp, said: “I was bemused that Cllr Nettleton seemed to be objecting to Cllr Chung’s mayoral nomination, not least since Cllr Nettleton was part of the Mayoral Advisory Committee that made the decision and so presumably had already aired his views there. Luckily common sense prevailed.
“Our current mayor will be leaving big boots to fill, but Patrick has been an excellent, dedicated and hard working deputy mayor this year, is something of a local legend who knows everyone and has a huge heart and I can think of no one who deserves the honour of mayor more or who would serve the borough of St Edmundsbury better.”
Cllr Nettleton declined to comment on his reasons for objecting.