Replacement needed for Central Ward

Richard Pain resigned from his position as Central Ward Councillor in the Wakefield region in October.

Richard Pain resigned from his position as Central Ward Councillor in the Wakefield region in October.

Wakefield Regional Council will hold a supplementary election to fill the vacant position left behind after Richard Pain’s resignation.

Mr Pain informed Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid of his decision on October 23rd, however the official date of his resignation was marked as October 31st due to a mix up.

The resignation had not been addressed to Chief Executive Officer Jason Kuchel which meant that a minor process needed to be entered in order to ensure its validity. 

Mr Pain cited personal reasons for his departure after five years as a council member.

Previously Mr Pain was also a member of the Wakefield Plains Council during the 1980s.

The Electoral Commission of South Australia has advised that nominations will open on January 11 and will close on January 25, with a candidate briefing session to be held at the Phil Barry Chamber in Balaklava on the 22nd

Residents will have until February 25 to cast their votes.

The ECSA quoted Mr Kuchel a figure of $10,000 and $12,000 to carry out the election.

It is expected that a new representative for the Central Ward will be elected in time for the March Council meeting.

At the November 22 Wakefield Regional Council meeting Mayor Reid formally recognised the contributions of Mr Pain during his five years as a councillor.

It was also announced that a replacement for Mr Pain on the Audit Committee needed to be appointed.

Councillor Grant Stevens nominated himself to fill the vacancy which was moved by Cr Daryl Ottens and seconded by Cr Terry Williams.

Also on the agenda at the meeting was to appoint a replacement on the Strategic Planning and Development Committee for Mr Pain, however council were unable to find in their records that he was ever on the committee.

This section of the item was left on hold until the December council meeting where the committee members could be clarified.