With more than 75 per cent of votes in the Hornsby Council mayoral election counted
Steve Russell looks set to be elected to the position.
Mr Russell, a sitting Liberal councillor, has won 43.2 of the votes counted so far, while incumbent mayor Nick Berman, an indepedent, has taken out 39.8 per cent.
Fellow sitting councillor Mick Gallagher, also an indpedent, has won 13.3 per cent of the vote and Peter Whelan, of the Liberal Democratic Party, has won 3.7 per cent.
The winner of the contest may be decided by preference deals.
Hornsby Council has a popularly elected mayor, who is voted in by the public for a four year term.