New Mayor elected for Mid and East Antrim
Cllr Johnston takes over from Cllr Maureen Morrow, while the reins of the Deputy Mayor were handed over by Cllr Beth Adger.
The appointments were made on Monday during the Annual General Meeting of Council which, for the first time, was streamed online.
Speaking as he took up the role of Mayor, Cllr Johnston said: “We are living through unprecedented challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and our community has shown great strength in helping others, particularly the vulnerable in our society.
“Council has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout this crisis and is working closely with our businesses to chart a pathway to economic recovery post-Covid, and I am committed to supporting those efforts.
“I look forward to moving together with the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wilson, Council Officers, elected members and citizens over the coming year towards a safe, strong and sustainable Mid and East Antrim.”
Newly elected Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wilson said: “There is no doubt that these are difficult times for so many but by taking a partnership approach throughout the coming months we will create a better future for all. I particularly look forward to next May for the Centenary of Northern Ireland and the celebrations that will take place in the borough.
“I have also had initial discussions with the Mayor around how we can formally recognise the work of the NHS and all key workers in our borough during the pandemic.”
The first monthly meeting of the Council under the direction of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will also take place virtually on Monday, June 8.
Using a ‘hybrid’ model, the meeting will see Group Party Leaders, independents, Mayor and Deputy Mayor present in the Council Chamber, if they wish, and the remainder of members at home using video conferencing.
The video stream can be viewed at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk
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