Deputy running for Mayor in 2016
MAYOR Wayne Kratzmann will not run for office next year with Deputy Mayor Keith Campbell saying the time is right for him to run for the leadership.
Cr Kratzmann said he wanted to leave office on his own terms and be able to serve the community for the next 10 months without having to focus on campaigning.
"It's time that I simply stood in the shadow of my beautiful wife and I intend to do that for the rest of my life."
Cr Campbell said the announcement came as a shock but felt he would be the perfect candidate to fill the position come the election in March next year.
"(He's) no doubt been wrestling with the love he has for the community by serving and the love he has for his wife and family and making a strong contribution to the success of their business in Bunya Mountains," Cr Campbell said.
"The time was not right for me before but there is a time for everything and the time to step beyond being deputy have arrived for me."
He said he was totally ready and had a full list of credentials to serve the community he has lived in all his life.
Cr Campbell, who has served on the council for 17 years, said he asked for the Mayor's support.
"Keith has been a wonderful deputy," Cr Kratzmann said.
"I have a love for the community and a heart that will listen to people and their issues," Cr Campbell said.
Councillor Kathy Duff said she was disappointed the Mayor would not run but understood his commitment to his wife and family.
"I worked very well with Wayne and thought he was going to continue for another term," Cr Duff said.
Cr Kratzmann made the announcement at Saturday's Mayor's Gala Ball. He said he looked forward to spending more time with his wife and working with her at Lyrics Restaurant.