Former mayor of Honiton reclaims the chain after uncontested election
PUBLISHED: 19:17 13 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:15 16 May 2019
A former mayor of Honiton has reclaimed his chain.
Councillor John Zarczynski was nominated by fellow councillor Philip Carrigan when Honiton Town Council met for a new term this evening (May 13).
With no opponents, Cllr Zarczynski was voted into the mayoral seat with nine votes for and two against.
The appointment was made despite calls by Cllr Caroline Kolek, a former mayor herself, for another dignitary to stand for the seat to make it a 'fair election'.
However, her pleas fell on deaf ears and Cllr Zarczynski was elected without opposition.
Councillor Duncan Sheridan-Shaw was re-elected as deputy mayor for the town council.
He had been nominated by Cllr Nicolette Macve to serve as mayor, but turned down the role, citing a busy workload.
Cllr Zarczynski takes the seat vacated by former mayor Henry Brown, who did not stand for re-election to the town council.
Honiton Town Council met without former councillors Sheila Edwards and Daniel Jefferson, who did not stand for re-election.
It did welcome one new councillor - Colin Hattle-Spence.