Councillor Terry King has been elected as the new leader of Rutland County Council.
Coun King, who is ward member for Exton, was elected by majority vote at a meeting of the Full Council last night (Monday, February 22) and will serve as leader until the next round of normal elections.
Following his election, Coun King appointed Coun Tony Mathias as deputy leader. It was also announced that Coun Oliver Hemsley will join the cbinet and that details of his portfolio will be presented to council at a later date.
Coun King, who remains portfolio holder for places (development and economy), said: “It is an honour to be elected Leader of Rutland County Council. The time I have spent as deputy leader and my experience of working closely with Coun Begy for many, many years will no doubt prove invaluable and I am absolutely committed to ensuring Rutland remains a happy and prosperous place to live. We are all aware of the challenges facing the council in terms of growing demand for services and pressure on our finances but we will continue to work hard for the community – building for the future and making sure residents receive the help and support they need.”
Coun King had been acting as leader after Coun Roger Begy was taken ill. He died on February 1 following a short battle with cancer, aged 72.
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