In August this year a motion was passed that Council committee chairs be voted on by all aldermen. This method has been adopted before (1994) but more recently it has been up to each committee to elect its own chair.

Why did Haigh move to have whole Council voting on chairs?

“Because I like to see the whites of their eyes,” she told Tasmanian Times.

This is what she saw.

City Services: Christie (8) and Cocker (4)
Haigh, Christie, Zucco, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Sexton, Archer and Thomas voted for Christie. Burnet, Cocker, Harvey and Valentine voted for Cocker.

Community Development: Zucco (9) and Harvey (3)
Valentine, Haigh, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Sexton, Christie, Archer, Zucco and Thomas voted for Zucco. Burnet, Cocker and Harvey voted for Harvey.

Development and Environmental Services: Haigh (8) and Burnet (4)
Valentine, Haigh, Zucco, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Sexton, Christie and Archer voted for Haigh. Burnet, Cocker, Harvey and Thomas voted for Burnet.

Finance and Corporate Services: Archer (8) Cocker (4)
Haigh, Zucco, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Sexton, Christie, Archer and Thomas voted for Archer. Burnet, Cocker, Havey and Valentine voted for Burnet.

Parks and Customer Services: Briscoe (8) and Harvey (4)
Haigh, Zucco, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Sexton, Christie, Archer and Thomas voted for Briscoe. Burnet, Cocker, Harvey and Valentine voted for Harvey.

Strategic Governance: Ruzicka (9) and Burnet (3)
Valentine Haigh, Zucco, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Sexton, Christie, Archer and Thomas voted for Ruzicka. Burnet, Cocker and Harvey voted for Burnet.

The election for committees and their chairs took place on Monday 9th November 2009 at an open Council meeting.
Council meets again tonight, upstairs in the Town Hall, at 5pm.