New ward councillor sworn in at meeting

New Waihemo ward councillor Jim Thomson was sworn in at an extraordinary council meeting...
New Waihemo ward councillor Jim Thomson was sworn in at an extraordinary council meeting yesterday. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE
Waihemo residents have an official voice at the Waitaki District Council table again.

New Waihemo ward councillor Jim Thomson was sworn in by Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher and chief executive Fergus Power at an extraordinary council meeting yesterday.

Mr Kircher congratulated Cr Thomson on his election and said it was great to have an official representative for the Waihemo ward at the council table again.

"We look forward to a great contribution from you over the next period of time. We’re very pleased to have you here and to have Waihemo represented, but as you understand we all represent the whole district when it comes to how we act around the table," Mr Kircher said.

Cr Thomson won a by-election held earlier this month, triggered when first-term councillor Peter Newton resigned in December after allegations of inappropriate behaviour at a work Christmas party.

As well as being sworn in, Cr Thomson was appointed associate chairman of the council’s development contributions committee.

He was also added to the Waihemo Community Board, and by choice was elected to the Macraes Community Development Trust.

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