Three independents are looking like definite councillors in the Armidale Regional Council election

IAN Tiley was the most popular candidate in Saturday’s council election, and now he wants to be mayor.

CHUFFED: Independent councillor-elect Jon Galletly said he was stoked with the overwhelming community support.

CHUFFED: Independent councillor-elect Jon Galletly said he was stoked with the overwhelming community support.

As it stands, Dr Tiley, Simon Murray and Jon Galletly have reached the quota needed to be elected.

Above the line, Team Margaret O’Connor head Margaret O’Connor appears to have nabbed a spot, along with Country Labor lead Debra O’Brien.

Counting continues to elect the other six councillors.

Dr Tiley has confirmed he will nominate for the position of mayor.

“I believe I have the best credentials for that particular role, particularly at this time coming out of administration with most of the new councillors not having any experience in local government,” Dr Tiley said.

“My hope is to be able to lead a team and help make it a really great team of councillors to serve the people that put us in there.”

With 54 years experience in local government and two mayorships behind him, Dr Tiley feels he is the right man for the job.

If the other 10 councillors will have him, of course.

Having made decisions for the entire region by himself for the last 16 months, Dr Tiley said he would welcome healthy debate by his fellow councillors.

But, the councillor-elect might have some competition for the top job in Guyra councillor-elect Simon Murray. Still undecided, Mr Murray said he is considering standing.

“I’ve got a farm to run and the mayor’s role is really a full time role, the remuneration is not really enough to pay for staff,” he said.

“That’s why in the back of my mind I’m uncertain.”

Independent Jon Galletly has ruled himself out for mayor, but said he was chuffed with the overwhelming community support.

“It certainly doesn’t come into my equation at all – not even close mate,” Mr Galletly said. 

“And I wouldn’t even put my hand up for deputy-dog either.”

Results of the election are expected to be finalised by Saturday.