THE man shoulder-tapped to be Invercargill’s new deputy mayor says it is no secret Sir Tim Shadbolt is “slowing down”, but voters knew that when they elected him.
Councillor Nobby Clark was selected by Sir Tim as his deputy after Toni Biddle announced last week she was stepping down as deputy mayor and resigning from council.
The nomination of Cr Clark comes amid a probe into the council by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), and after Cr Alex Crackett said Sir Tim was in “rapid decline” and suggested he should resign.
Cr Clark acknowledged that, due to Sir Tim’s situation, his position would be more hands-on than the position usually required, but he was prepared for that challenge.
“There is no secret that Tim is slowing down, but people knew that before the last election and he got a significant majority, so people are OK with that.”
He was more concerned with getting results than any personal conflict around the table.
“People voted him in and until people vote him out, we should support each other and get work done for the city.”
He was not worried by the DIA probe.
“It is my understanding… what we have been asked to do is at the lower end of the scale.
“I think we are many, many yards away from being replaced by a commissioner.”
Despite the media attention, the council did “exceptionally well” in the delivery of its core services and in its finances, he said.
In a statement, Sir Tim said he chose Cr Clark because he would bring with him strong stakeholder connections, significant community support and a desire to cut through red tape to get things done.
“I am confident that councillors will respect my decision and the importance of appointing someone to the role whom I feel I am able to work proactively alongside.”