KIAMA Mayor Brian Petschler has secured the top job for another year, but he has also welcomed a new deputy in councillor Neil Reilly.
Cr Petschler was elected unopposed and he took it as a vote of confidence.
"I guess it means the councillors were reasonably happy with the way the council's gone over the last 12 months and I thank them for that vote of confidence," he said.
He said the council would have a "pretty full plate" for the next year, with changes to state planning legislation and the Local Government Act to occur in that time.
"We've also got the discussions we'll be having with our neighbours, Shellharbour and Wollongong, on the [Independent Local Government] Review Panel and the regional co-operative basis, which may eventuate from that once that report's out," he said.
He said the possible relocation of the Blue Haven Aged Care Facility to Kiama Hospital was one of the top priorities, while maintaining financial stability.
"Hopefully, we'll keep the town economically strong and deal with all the issues the ratepayers want us to deal with," he said.
"We've got a very keen council to get things done and very keen staff to get things done, but it's a matter of now starting to prioritise what we do as we do it."
New deputy mayor Neil Reilly said he decided to run after he discovered councillor Warren Steel would not recontest the position.
Cr Reilly said his goals for the next year included progressing a creative arts centre for Kiama, a music venue at Jerrara Dam, the new aged care facility at Kiama Hospital, the proposed shopping precinct in Kiama and possibly a service station.
When asked about the council's ability to handle the number of projects, he said "the amount it can chew off is the amount it needs to chew".
"Sometimes you bite off more than you can chew, but you chew like hell and I think this council is up for the challenge," he said.
Councillor Andrew Sloan received two votes - his own and councillor Kathy Rice's.
Cr Sloan said he put himself forward because he had taken a keen interest in state legislation concerning the future of local government.
"My role would be standing in for the mayor when he's unavailable, but there will be plenty of meetings and I thought he could have done with some support," he said.
Councillor Mark Way's sole vote was his own but he said, as an independent councillor who did not run as part of a team at the election, he would continue to stand each year.
Outgoing deputy mayor Warren Steel declined to comment on why he decided not to stand.
However, he said the new council's first year had been a good one.
"It's a good council to work with and Brian's doing an excellent job," he said.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward congratulated both successful councillors.