City of Parramatta Council has elected Councillor Steven Issa as its new Lord Mayor and re-elected Councillor Michelle Garrard as Deputy Lord Mayor.
Councillor Issa will take over the helm from Councillor Bob Dwyer.
“After nine years as a Councillor, including two terms as Deputy Lord Mayor, it’s a privilege to have been elected Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta,” Mayor Issa said.
“Thank you to my colleagues for placing their trust in me to steer our City as it emerges from lockdown and we begin to welcome people back to the centre of global Sydney. We also have an important period ahead as we prepare the Council and organisation for the next term.
“I’d like to thank Cr Bob Dwyer for his service as Lord Mayor. The City and the Chamber owe Bob and his family a debt of gratitude, particularly for the last two years as he led the City through the COVID pandemic, along with huge growth and development underway in Parramatta.”
Mayor Issa, a Liberal Party member who represents the Rosehill Ward, was elected to Council in 2017. He has served in a number of positions, including as Chair of the Smart City Committee and as Council’s representative on the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.
The father-of-three also served on the former Parramatta City Council as a Deputy Lord Mayor and Councillor from 2012 to 2016. Cr Issa’s father, Tony Issa, was the Lord Mayor of the former Parramatta City Council from 2008-2009.