Harold Tracey elected Shire president

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Harold Tracey was elected Shire president by his fellow councillors this evening, following his re-election on Saturday.

Mr Tracey was nominated by councillors Desiree Male and Elsta Foy in a special meeting of council, beating self-nominated Chris Mitchell by eight votes to one.

The new president said it was a challenge he is ready for.

“This is a huge responsibility, but one I am very much looking forward to,” he said.

Ms Male was chosen for the role of deputy president, after being nominated by councillors Bruce Rudeforth and Warren Fryer.

Having received six votes, Ms Male defeated Phillip Matsumoto, who was nominated by Ms Foy and received two votes.

Mr Mitchell also threw his hat in the ring, receiving one vote.

Mr Tracey said it was the “first time in history that both the Shire president and deputy president were born in Broome.”

Mr Tracey and Ms Male assume their newly appointed positions immediately.

The two were sworn into council this evening after being re-elected on Saturday, along with Mr Matsumoto, who retained his seat in the Dampier ward unopposed, and newcomer Catherine Marriott.

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