COUNCILLOR-ELECT Rod Fyffe will make a bid for mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo.
"It would be an enormous honour to become mayor once again, or even deputy mayor," he said.
"This council appears to be one that will be very focused on the community."
Councillor-elect Fyffe is the third person to flag an intention to run.
Returning councillors-elect Andrea Metcalf and Jennifer Alden have already made clear they would like to take on senior leadership positions within council.
A fourth possible candidate, former mayor Margaret O'Rouke, said on Friday that she expected to spend the coming days and weeks considering her options.
All four councillors-elect served during the last council term.
Four first-time Bendigo councillors-elect have either ruled out a tilt or said they would be unlikely this time around.
Vaughan Williams said he would be open to a leadership role though likely not until he had been on council for a year or more.
Several other councillors-elect said they had work commitments that would make mayor or deputy mayor roles unsuitable for now.
Julie Sloan declined to comment so early in the decision-making process.
First-time councillors have rarely been selected mayor in the first year of their term since the council amalgamated in 1996.
Margaret O'Rourke was an exception. Her first term as mayor was in 2016 and she went on to have a norm-shattering four-straight years in charge.
Before that, mayors were generally elected for only a year at a time.
Rod Fyffe has served as mayor four times since amalgamation.
The long-serving councillor's first stint was in 2003-2004 when he represented Fortuna Ward.
Councillor-elect Fyffe also served as incoming mayor of an incoming council in 2004, then two years into another in 2010-2011, both while representing Golden Square Ward.
He was also mayor in 2015-2016, the final term before Councillor-elect O'Rourke took the helm.
Councillor-elect Fyffe said he and his colleagues were yet to start discussions about senior leadership roles on the new council, though he expects that to change over the next few days.
They are all still getting their breath back following the announcement of results last Friday, he said.
Councillors-elect could choose their mayor as soon as this week if they want to, though they must wait until they are sworn in to their new roles.
That could happen this week.
- With Nicholas Nakos
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