Marianne Saliba will serve as Shellharbour City mayor for a second year after Shellharbour's two Liberal councillors Paul Rankin and Kellie Marsh again split the non-ALP vote.
After days of speculation both Liberal councillors nominated for mayor last night, repeating the dramatic events of the 2012 mayoral vote.
Cr Saliba was elected mayor with the support of fellow Labor councillors John Murray and David Boyle.
Cr Rankin received support from independent Helen Stewart, while Cr Marsh had the support of independent Peter Moran.
The three Labor councillors then threw their support behind Cr Rankin in the vote for deputy mayor, which he won 5-2 over Cr Moran.
Speaking after the meeting Cr Rankin said he decided to contest the mayoral vote after consulting people he regularly dealt with in the Shellharbour community.
"I spoke to a lot of people in the community and they thought I was the best person to run," Cr Rankin said.
"I've had no comment from the Liberal Party, I'm more concerned with what the residents think and I think the residents would be happy with this outcome.
"It is a stable council, Marianne and I work well together. We have our disagreements but we are a council that is moving forward."
Cr Marsh said she was happy to run with the democratic process.
"Ï wish Cr Saliba the best of luck for the next 12 months," Cr Marsh said.
Cr Saliba said she felt privileged to be given the role again, citing the development of the retail precinct at Shell Cove and the Shellharbour City Hub as key projects over the next 12 months.