DUP alderman Victor Robinson looks certain to take over as Newtownabbey’s new Mayor.
The current Deputy Mayor is the firm favourite to take over as First Citizen from Mayor Billy Webb when he completes his year in office next week.
The Macedon representative, who previously served as Mayor in 2008/09, confirmed that he’s scheduled to take the Mayoral chain at the council’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 6.
“As far as our group (the DUP) are concerned it will be me, but you never know what could happen so I’ll have to wait and see what happens on the night.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a good year to be Mayor with the Jubilee and the Olympic Games and everything else that’s going on. It’s a great privilege to be Mayor once, but if I get to be Mayor for a second time, that will be a very special honour,” he said.
The new Deputy Mayor is likely to be an Ulster Unionist, with Fraser Agnew - the borough’s longest-serving councillor - favourite to take the post.
“Whoever it is I’ll work with them and we’ll do our best for all the ratepayers and all the people of Newtownabbey,” alderman Robinson added.
During next week’s Annual Meeting, all the council committee Chair and Vice-Chair posts will be decided - a process that has sparked controversy in the past, with the vast majority of roles being taken by the council’s largest party, the DUP.