Councillor John Watson remains the front-runner to return to the role of Wodonga mayor he occupied almost two decades ago.
The newly-elected Wodonga Council team including Cr Watson will decide on the mayor and deputy mayor positions and the length of their tenure on Monday night.
Cr Watson's last stint as mayor coincided with the "One City" merger proposal of Albury and Wodonga councils, which he and the Albury mayor of the day, the late Mel Read, initially publicly endorsed before the plan backed by the NSW and Victorian governments fell over.
A year later, Cr Watson was rolled for mayor by Lisa Mahood 3-2 with his support for "One City" widely regarded as being the reason for his defeat.
He left council in 2004 creating a by-election won by John Mahony.
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But Cr Watson successfully stood for a return in 2012 and retained his spot at the recent election.
Albury and Wodonga councils have never worked so closely together since the creation of the Two Cities, One Community initiative.
It has been the forerunner to the two councils teaming up with the federal, NSW and Victorian governments to launch a regional deal aimed at unlocking millions of dollars to build game-changing infrastructure in the two cities.
Cr Watson couldn't be contacted by The Border Mail, nor could council newcomer, Kevin Poulton, who has declared publicly on multiple occasions his interest in going straight into the mayoral role.
Cr Ron Mildren has three guaranteed votes to become mayor in himself, Cr Libby Hall and Cr Olga Quilty, but is expected to come up short.
It's unclear if Cr Mildren will stand for mayor in the knowledge he doesn't have the numbers to be successful.
Cr Kat Bennett has already ruled herself out.
The previous council decided on two-year mayoral terms with Cr Watson, if successful in becoming mayor, handing over to either Cr Poulton, Cr Bennett or Cr Graeme Simpfendorfer in 2022 in the knowledge all four have the numbers.