Published on 15 May 2023
Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson will resign from the position effective from tomorrow.
Mayor Gibson advised the Council this morning that his decision stems from ongoing uncertainty over a Department of Justice review of his Working with Vulnerable People registration, which has resulted in vitriolic commentary on social media from some segments of the community.
With the substance and timeframe of the review unclear, Cr Gibson advised his position as Mayor was no longer tenable.
In line with existing protocols, Deputy Mayor Matthew Garwood will now become Acting Mayor of the City of Launceston until a new election for Mayor can be arranged by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.
The Council will work with the Commission over coming weeks to finalise this process, and more details will be provided as they come to hand. Following a period of leave, Cr Gibson will continue to serve as a Councillor at the City of Launceston.
The Council's business continuity plans cater to changes in political leadership, and the organisation will continue to deliver its services and strategic projects on behalf of the people of Launceston, as the process to determine a new Mayor begins.
The Council thanks Cr Gibson for his service as Mayor of the City of Launceston.