Resignation of long-serving Tea Tree Gully councillor Damian Wyld
Published on 16 November 2023
Long-serving and dedicated Tea Tree Gully councillor Damian Wyld has resigned due to illness.
“Cr Wyld served on Council for nine years and his contribution to our community has been significant. I have known Damian for many more years and his decision to resign from his role would have been a tough one,” said Mayor Marijka Ryan.
“A man of great integrity, honesty, foresight and knowledge, he brought much to his role on Council and during deliberations in chambers. We will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go to him and his family at this difficult time,” she said.
Damian was dedicated to supporting his community as an elected representative. He was also passionate about strong governance and took on a number of leadership roles on Council, including deputy mayor, Council Assessment Panel member and chair of the Governance and Policy Committee.
Council CEO Ryan McMahon added: “Damian has been a hard-working and dedicated Council member with strong leadership and communication skills. He’s a much-valued colleague and friend to many.”
Fellow councillor and Deputy Mayor Rob Unger said: “It was a pleasure to serve alongside Damian. He has a genuine interest in caring for our community and continued to do so, despite his recent health issues.”
The unfortunate resignation of Cr Damian Wyld means there is now a vacancy in the office of councillor for Drumminor Ward. Given the vacancy has occurred within 12 months of the November 2022 election, a supplementary election will not be required.
The vacancy can be filled by an unsuccessful candidate from the November 2022 election for Drumminor Ward, as long as there is a candidate that is willing and still eligible to be elected.
Depending on the number of candidates that are willing and eligible, a candidate could be directly elected – or in the event of more than one candidate being willing and eligible, a recount will be conducted by the Electoral Commission of SA to fill the vacancy.