Cr Cedric Spencer was elected Mayor and Cr Sam Ngai Deputy Mayor at the Council meeting on Tuesday 21 September.
Ku-ring-gai Council elects its Mayor and Deputy Mayor by a Councillor vote. Two candidates for the mayoralty nominated at a meeting on 21 September – Cr Jennifer Anderson from the Roseville ward who has served for the last two years as Mayor, and Cr Cedric Spencer from the Wahroonga ward who has served for the last year as Deputy Mayor.
The vote being tied 5-5 in favour of both candidates, the election was conducted by a draw by General Manager John McKee, with Cr Spencer being the successful nominee.
Cr Cedric Spencer is a solicitor and an academic who runs his own law firm in Gordon. He is of English, Portuguese and Chinese heritage, speaks several Asian dialects and lives in Pymble with his wife and son.
Cr Spencer’s qualifications include a Juris Doctor, a Doctor of Business Administration, a Master of Business and Graduate Diplomas in Laws, Transport and Distribution Management. He has been admitted as a solicitor and barrister in the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia.
Mayor Spencer said he was honoured to be elected the Mayor of Ku-ring-gai. “It’s an important time for our community as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and I am proud to be leading our community at this time.”
Cr Ngai was elected Deputy Mayor by draw at last night’s meeting and will fill the role until the Council elections on 4 December.
Cr Ngai was elected to Council in 2017 in the Roseville ward. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours), Master of Professional Accounting, and an Advanced Diploma of Theological Studies. He is a qualified accountant (CPA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Order of Merit).