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Mr Brown was first elected as a member of the Palmerston Community Board in 1986.
That board covered the immediate Palmerston area and was linked to the Palmerston-based Waihemo County Council.
With the local government re-organisation of 1989, which combined the Waihemo and Waitaki County Councils and the Oamaru Borough Council, Mr Brown was elected to the Waihemo Community Board.
He has been re-elected ever since and has served several terms as deputy chairman of the board.
When the new board was sworn in last week, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher congratulated the community board members on their elections, making particular reference to Mr Brown's long service.
Kathy Dennison, previously the Waihemo ward councillor for the Waitaki District Council, was elected chairwoman of the board, while Jan Wheeler, the newly elected Waihemo ward councillor, attended her first meeting of the community board as an ex officio member. Mr Brown was selected as deputy chairman.