Theo Weinmann to retire after 23 years on Murray Bridge council

Last hurrah: In his last term on the Murray Bridge council, Theo Weinmann has been chosen by his colleagues to serve as the city's Deputy Mayor. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Last hurrah: In his last term on the Murray Bridge council, Theo Weinmann has been chosen by his colleagues to serve as the city's Deputy Mayor. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

After almost 22 years on the Murray Bridge council, Theo Weinmann will spend his last 12 months of service as the city's Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Weinmann's colleagues elected him to the post on Monday night as a way of thanking him for his dedication.

"After such a long and distinguished career serving this community, it would be fairly appropriate for him to finish his council career in the role," Cr Airlie Keen said.

Cr Weinmann, then a dairy farmer, was elected in 1996 to help govern a country town just growing into a rural city.

Within the next few years the pedal prix arrived, Big River Pork and Big W's distribution centre came to the area, and shopping hours were deregulated.

"I came on the council when nothing was happening in Murray Bridge; now we've got growth of two per cent (per year)," he said at Monday's meeting.

"I hope to finalise this last year and do as much as I can."

The only other nominee for the Deputy Mayor's position was Cr Jerry Wilson, who was defeated seven votes to two in a secret ballot.

I thank my fellow councillors for their vote of confidence. I came on the council when nothing was happening in Murray Bridge; now we've got growth of two per cent. I hope to finalise this last year and do as much as I can. - Theo Weinmann

Cr Tyson Matthews had served as Murray Bridge's Deputy Mayor for the past 12 months.

He said it had been a great experience.

"Thank you to everyone for giving me the honour," he said.

"The amount of opportunities I've had to see meetings and the upper workings of what we deal with was greatly appreciated."

Mayor Brenton Lewis thanked him for his unwavering support.

Unlike the Mayor, who is elected by the people every four years, his deputy is chosen by councillors on an annual basis.

The position attracts an allowance of $3975 over and above what the other councillors get, to compensate the Deputy Mayor for the additional duties he is required to fulfil.

Cr Weinmann was presented with a Local Government Association certificate when he reached 20 years’ service in February of 2016.

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