Dean Johnson re-appointed Kimba Mayor

RE-ELECTED: Newly re-appointed Mayor Dean Johnson with Deputy Megan Lienert.
RE-ELECTED: Newly re-appointed Mayor Dean Johnson with Deputy Megan Lienert.

Incumbent mayor Dean Johnson has been re-elected for the next four years at the first Kimba District Council Election.

Mr Johnson’s nomination went unopposed, after receiving almost half of all first preference votes in the 2018 Council Elections.

The decision follows a high-participation vote, with around 10% more ballots returned in the Kimba District than anywhere else in the state.

Megan Lienert will take on a new role as Deputy Mayor.

At the council meeting, Mr Johnson congratulated his fellow members on their successful nominations, and said it was a privilege to be asked to lead the council for a second term.

He said the high voter turnout in Kimba showed what Local Government can be.

“There has been a lot of talk in the media about low ballot paper returns across the Local Government sector as a whole and what that means in terms of diminished community engagement, but you only have to look at Kimba’s result to see that council remain as critical as ever in delivering vibrant, sustainable communities for South Australians,” he said.