Mayor-elect Tenby Powell has announced the proposed appointment of third-term Councillor Larry Baldock as Deputy Mayor of Tauranga City Council.
“Larry is a hard-working, senior and experienced councillor and brings strong national and local government service to the role,” he says. “His understanding of the Local Government Act and his measured and pragmatic approach has been, and will continue to be, of considerable value to the Council and I look forward to working with him to advance the city’s interests.”
A former United Future MP, Councillor Baldock represents the Otumoetai/Pyes Pa ward and served as the chair of the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee during the 2016-19 triennium. He was also deputy chair of the Hearings Committee and was a member of the SmartGrowth Leadership Group and the Dive Crescent Governance Group. Larry will continue in leadership roles on these committees.
Mayor-elect Powell has also acknowledged the significant contribution made by former Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout. “Kelvin has served six years as deputy mayor and has helped lead the Council through a period of major investment and has been an active proponent of community engagement. Kelvin will continue to provide senior leadership to the Council, particularly in the area of projects, services and operations.
"I thank Kelvin for his service and look forward to working with him positively for the future of Tauranga."
The deputy mayoral appointment will be formalised at the Council’s inaugural meeting on Thursday, 24 October, following the swearing-in of the mayor and councillors.