Pat Bourke will see out the remainder of the Federation Council term as mayor with local government elections only two months away.
The first mayor of the merged council area was returned unopposed with Cr Shaun Whitechurch seeing off a challenge from Cr Gail Law in a secret ballot to remain deputy mayor.
Elections were required due to the mayor and deputy mayor terms expiring this month to coincide with council elections before the major COVID-19 outbreak in NSW postponed them until December 4.
Post the elections, Federation Council will meet in December to elect a mayor and deputy mayor to avoid heading into the Christmas-New Year period without them.
Albury mayor Kevin Mack is not contesting the December election, but Cr Bourke has indicated he will be seeking another term.
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