Cr Lisa Cooper has been elected Mayor of Knox City Council, with Cr Susan Laukens to serve as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.
Cr Cooper said it was an honour to be chosen as Mayor among a newly-elected Council and she would embrace the opportunity to serve in this role in what continues to be a challenging time for the community.
“For many, COVID-19 has placed an entirely new expectation on what civic duty will look like moving forward,” said Cr Cooper.
“The community wants a Council that respectfully listens, values the diversity of our community, and allows people to have their say.
“This is a dynamic new Council, and I feel blessed to be elected as Mayor to lead and represent such diverse individuals, who in their own right bring so much skill, insight and wisdom.
“I will do this to the very best of my ability, with energy, pride, commitment and integrity.”
Cr Cooper was first elected to Council in 2015, representing Scott Ward. She is a long-standing resident of Knox and has a background in financial services as well as holding a Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Cr Cooper thanked the outgoing Mayor, Cr Nicole Seymour for her leadership throughout the significant challenges of the past 12 months, and for her authentic compassion and care for the Knox community.
Newly-elected Councillor Susan Laukens was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor. Cr Laukens is the Friberg ward councillor. She is a registered nurse of over 25 years with a history of volunteering in the local community.