Colac Otway Shire councillor of almost six years Terry Woodcroft has resigned from his role on the council.
Cr Woodcroft, who will formally vacate his council position on Monday, has decided to leave his council position to focus on his work commitments as a police youth officer.
The former deputy mayor said he had made the decision to resign “after many months of consideration”.
“The most difficult part of this decision was considering the ratepayers who re-elected me to council in 2016,” Cr Woodcroft said.
“I sincerely thank these people who placed their faith in me,” he said.
Cr Woodcroft’s resignation opens the door for a candidate who stood at the 2016 election, including former councillors Brian Crook, Frank Buchanan and Michael Delahunty, to take the seventh seat at the council table.
Mr Crook, 866 first-preference votes, and Mr Buchanan, 854 first-preference votes, narrowly missed out on re-election after a redistribution of preferences saw Cr Jason Schram, 730 first-preference votes, win the seventh council position.
Mr Buchanan has ruled out accepting a position on the council if successful in a vote countback and Mr Crook said he would consider returning to the council.
But a vote countback, which involves the redistribution of Cr Woodcroft’s preferences to determine the next candidate in line for a position, could see any of the 2016 candidates gain election.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.