Armidale Regional Council is due to hold a mayoral election at the beginning of September's Ordinary Monthly Meeting, a time for Councillors to decide who will lead them.
NSW councils head to the polls every four years, as with State Government elections. Armidale Councillors, were last elected in July 2017, so will now elect a mayor for less than a year to bring Armidale back into line in 2020.
In a nutshell, it's a half-term. Whoever is elected next month will need to run again in September 2020, if they are re-elected, and if they want to hold that position.
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Mayor Simon Murray said he was going to put his hand up for re-election, but did not know who else might have it in mind to do the same.
"It's a numbers game. I've got people who will support me, and someone else who runs will have people who supports them as well," he said.
"So, it will depend on the day. There's a six week caretaker mode, so this time it's really only for 10-and-a-half months.
Cr Murray said he had not publically heard of anyone else who might be considering putting themselves forward for consideration.
Certainly there are a string of Councillors who have said they are not considering running for the mayoral role, including Crs Andrew Murat, Peter Bailey, Libby Martin and Debra O'Brien who said they were happy with their present roles.
Cr Jon Gelletly laughed and delivered the most colourful "no" of them all.
"I'm still as green as grass, I don't want to take on anything like that now," he said.
Crs Dorothy Robinson and Diane Gray were unable to be contacted, leaving Crs Ian Tiley, Margaret O'Connor and Brad Widders undecided.
However, although Cr Murray has declared his interest in the mayoral role, it is hard to see him being re-elected unopposed, and while Cr Tiley said he was undecided, he also said he was seriously considering running.
One Councillor identified as a Diane Gray supporter, while another said Brad Widders was thinking about throwing his hat into the ring.
"I think all 11 people have got just as good a shot as anyone else," Cr Widders said.
"But I don't know what I am doing later on today, so we'll see what happens later on in the month."
Mayors are elected at times decided on by councils, some put their leaders up for election annually, while others like Armidale, break the council's term in two and hold them every second year.
Around one-quarter of NSW councils have a popularly elected mayor, that is the residents elect the mayor they want for four years, but some say this breaks with our conventions at other levels of government.