Mid Suffolk District Council has appointed its new leader.
Councillor Nick Gowrley, who was confirmed as leader at a full council meeting last night, takes over from Cllr Derrick Haley with immediate effect.
He previously worked at the council from 1988 until his retirement as Corporate Manager in May 2012.
Winning his seat at Mid Suffolk as Conservative candidate for the Stowmarket South Ward in 2015, he later became the council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing.
Cllr Gowrley said he had been left a strong legacy to build on.
“Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Cllr Derrick Haley for all his hard work and inspirational leadership over the last three and a half years.
“Derrick has diligently steered the council through challenging times and he will be a hard act to follow. “However, he and other members of the previous council have left us with a strong legacy through all their hard work on the new Mid Suffolk and Babergh Joint Strategic Plan Refresh which sets out how we aim to deliver enduring and positive changes for our many and diverse communities and businesses over the next five years.
“Having lived and worked in the district for nearly 28 years, I know what a wonderful place this is and how dynamic and resourceful our communities area.
“There will be difficult times ahead for us, but as Leader I intend to make sure we take full advantage of all the opportunities presented to us, especially those we expect to emerge from the developing East Anglia Devolution Deal.”
At last night’s meeting Cllr Glen Horn was appointed Deputy Leader and Cllr Elizabeth Gibson-Harries elected as Chairman of the Council.