NEIL Marks has been elected as Lismore's deputy mayor.
He came second in the mayoral election last year.
He was unopposed for deputy and will hold the position for one year.
News of his election prompted a wave of - in some cases surprised - congratulations on Cr Marks' Facebook page.
Before the vote, there had been some scepticism aired on the page at his chances of being elected because the council was dominated by progressives.
Even council ally Graham Meineke predicted Cr Marks would lose six votes to five as progressives and conservatives lines up together.
However, when it came to the meeting, Cr Marks was the only candidate, giving him a unanimous vote for the deputy mayoral post.
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