Paul says he'll serve four more years and is in for long haul
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has scuppered suggestions he won't see out his four-year term and warned those he said were "jockeying to be next mayor" to pull their heads in.
Cr Pisasale will be mayor until 2020 which will see him complete 16 years in the city's top job.
There is plenty of speculation over who the next mayor will be with councillors Andrew Antoniolli, Cheryl Bromage and David Morrison all tipped to come into contention.
Cr Pisasale said there was talk in political circles that he may not see out this term but he has reiterated he has no plans to do anything but continue until at least 2020.
"This is a message to all councillors," Cr Pisasale said.
"We have got a big job to do for the city over the next four years so stop thinking about who the next mayor of Ipswich will be.
"I am the mayor of Ipswich and the people have put me here to do a job, which is what we are going to concentrate on. This next term is not about people's egos or jockeying to be the next mayor.
"I am the mayor for the next four years and I will do that job. Nobody will be competing for the job in the next four years."
Cr Pisasale told Wednesday's QT that he did not believe the deputy mayor's gig was a pathway to the mayoral job.
He was the deputy mayor from 2000 until 2004 and in the final year stepped up to take on more responsibility when then mayor John Nugent took more of a back seat.
Cr Pisasale did say it was vital to get the next mayor of Ipswich right and that he had given the prospect some thought.
"What the city needs to look at is an exit strategy in the years to come when I do decide to pull away," Cr Pisasale said.
"I need to start looking at it and discussing with the councillors and the community who they want to be the next mayor of Ipswich. But the next deputy mayor will be someone who supports me in my mayoral role."