Councillor Issa, 53, of Merrylands, becomes the first Liberal lord mayor in Parramatta’s history.
Labor councillor Julia Finn congratulated Cr Issa as the council’s first Lebanese-born, Arabic-speaking lord mayor.
Former Labor lord mayor Paul Garrard was elected deputy lord mayor as part of a new coalition of Liberal and independent councillors.
The council’s current budget was $7.9 million in debt, Cr Issa told the Advertiser yesterday morning.
He called an urgent meeting with council general manager Robert Lang yesterday to be briefed on the authority’s true financial position…..
Hope he can do something about the parking.