The City of Parramatta has appointed a new Lord Mayor, with the former Deputy Mayor Sameer Pandey securing the role until at least September.
Councillor Pandey, who was first elected to Council in 2017 and became Deputy Lord Mayor in 2022, has become the City's first Lord Mayor of Indian origin. He is also a small business owner with a background in IT.
Cr Pandey confirmed his excitement for the challenges ahead in a statement released on the council website.
“The City of Parramatta is the geographical heart of Greater Sydney and a major economic powerhouse as well as the best place in Sydney to live,” he said.
“Parramatta is home to a vibrant and diverse community and I’m excited to lead the City as it cements itself as Sydney’s second CBD and the focus of some of its most exciting opportunities.”
Cr Pandey was elected following the departure of former Mayor Donna Davis, who stepped down from Mayoral duties following her election to the NSW State Parliament.
The new arrangement will be in place until at least September, when council will be required to conduct a new election for both roles.