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Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels announces retirement in brief social media post

The City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels, has announced his retirement in a brief social media post on Saturday night.

In the Facebook post, Mr Sammels confirmed he would not be running for the mayor position again in October.

“Thank you Rockingham for the honour of serving you as Mayor for the last 18 years & 24 on Council,” he wrote.

“My time is up & I will not be re contesting the October elections.

“Cheers.”

The move leaves the postition open for Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin and councillors Lorna Buchan, Mark Jones and Craig Buchanan.

In a social media post, councillor Lorna Buchan said she would run for the position in the next election while thanking Mr Sammels for his work.

“Mayor Sammels and I were often on opposing viewpoints on many issues, I believe in lower rates, more transparency and that the city can do things smarter and more efficiently and this often saw us on different sides of debates,” councillor Buchan said.

“However I have to acknowledge that Barry is very experienced and has been a great statesman for Rockingham and has helped build up fantastic collaborations between the city, politicians, businesses and other sectors.

“18 years is quite frankly amazing.

“Barry has been at the helm while the foreshore was redeveloped, whilst libraries and community centres were opened and he deserves a lot of credit for his role as part of a wider team.

“I wish him and Karen all the best in the future and here is to the future.”

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