Tonight is another meeting of the Lochgelly Community Council and the first task of the meeting is to elect a Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

If you followed one of our earlier posts, the last Community Council meeting failed to elect a Chairperson, with votes being tied between Eileen McKenna and Ernest McPherson, to serve as Chairperson.

Details of the meeting was referred back to Fife Council to try and provide a solution for who should serve as the Community Council Chairperson.

The Solution

The two people nominated for chairperson (Eileen McKenna and Ernest McPherson) will both be presented with a set of cards, still sealed. The two people will then receive a pack each and choose a card at random. Whoever draws the highest card will win the post of Chairperson.

This method has been approved by Fife Council, and we heard rumours that the Community Council can choose other methods, such as the roll of a dice, the draw of a short straw, or flipping a coin.


We would love to be able to report that this is merely a wind-up, a joke, but unfortunately it is true. The next serving chairperson for the Community Council will all be decided on the draw of a card. We really couldn’t make this stuff up.

Regardless that it is only local politics, this makes a mockery out of democratic processes, but certainly adds an edgy element to the procedures

We are in the process of contacting the Association of Scottish Community Councils for their feedback on this method for choosing local representatives, and will update the post on any feedback we receive. We will also try to find out who drew which card if anyone is wishing to make bets at one of the local bookies.

Your Feedback

If you would like to leave your feedback, or can suggest other methods of choosing the Chairperson, why not leave your suggestions below.

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  1. Lochgelly

    December 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Eileen McKenna is now chairperson of the Community Council after Ernest McPherson only managed to draw a 3, whilst Eileen drew a 7.

    Steve Murray is Vice Chair.
    George Kinell is Treasurer
    Christine McGrath is Secretary.


  2. Eddie Sharpe

    December 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Well done Eileen! She has worked hard on behalf of the community of Lochgelly for years, and has a genuine interest in the welfare and future of the town. I’m pleased she has won, congratulations!


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