Sudbury East’s county council representative has been announced as the new vice chairman of Suffolk County council.
Colin Spence, county councillor for Sudbury East and Waldingfield has been given the role, deputising for the new chairman Jane Storey.
Mr Spence previously served as cabinet member for public protection.
His role change comes after Colin Noble was officially named the new county council leader in May, however, Mr Spence had already taken the decision to step down.
“I was asked by the previous leader [Mark Bee] if I would consider putting my name for it,” said Mr Spence.
“I thought about it and although I really enjoyed my previous role I decided I would say yes.
“I’ve been supported by the full council.”
Mr Spence spoke of his surprise at being given the position which will see him supporting Mrs Storey chairing council meetings and representing the council at events.
“It’s a representative role on the civic side of the council,” he said. “The chairman has a major role representing the council at many civic events across the year.
“I will support Jane and if she is absent I will go along.”
Mr Spence said he was delighted to have been chosen for the position insisting it would not affect his role as a ward representative.
“I think it’s an honour to be nominated to do this job. In a way I hope it enhances the area I live in and represent.”
Having been a councillor for nearly 40 years, first joining the county council in 2005, Mr Spence said he was prepared for the role.
He was previously chairman of Babergh District Council from 1991-1994 as well as the chairman of the former police authority.