By Tristan Harris 23/05 Updated: 23/05 20:53
BROMSGROVE District Council now has a new civic head, chairman and new-look cabinet after the authority's annual meeting.
Coun June Griffiths was re-elected as chairman and Furlongs councillor Janice Boswell took over as civic head from Slideslow's Caroline Spencer.
Chairman, Coun Griffiths, praised the outgoing civic head, telling her her efforts were greatly appreciated.
“Over the last 12 months, Coun Spencer has ensured our district has been very well represented.
"The council thanks you for your efforts on behalf of all our residents," she added.
Coun Janice Boswell was delighted at becoming the new civic head.
She said: "It is both an honour and a privilege to be representing Bromsgrove District.
"I have lived here now for more than 30 years and the people are so warm, generous and full of fun and laughter.
"I'm really looking forward to an amazing year ahead."
Her chosen charities, who had representatives there on the evening, are the Stroke Association, with its Life After Stroke Centre, the Primrose Hospice, and the Edwards Trust at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Catshill councillor Helen Jones became deputy civic head.
Leader, Coun Roger Hollingworth, also revealed his new cabinet for the coming year.
He will take responsibility for Finance, Partnerships and Economic Development, while his deputy leader, Coun Margaret Sherrey, will be the cabinet member for Health and Well-being.
Planning, Core Strategy and Regulatory Services go to Coun Kit Taylor and Strategic Housing, Business Transformation, Town Centre Regeneration and Special Projects are the responsibility of Coun Del Booth.
Leisure, Cultural Services, Environment Services and Emergency Planning will be the responsibility of Coun Michael Webb and Coun Mark Bullivant will be the cabinet member for Policy, Performance, Communications, Customer Services, Legal, Equalities, Democratic Services and Human Resources.
Also at the meeting, the council unanimously agreed to write a letter of thanks to the French authorities, the emergency services here and in France and Worcestershire County Council for the help given to the children and adults involved in the coach crash which claimed the life of Alvechurch teacher Peter Rippington.
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