Chains of power handed over at annual meeting
THE new chairman and vice chairman – councillors Bill Chapple and Val Letheren – have taken office at Bucks County Council.
They received their chains of office at the annual council meeting on Thursday, May 21.
Mr Chapple, a county councillor for 38 years, who represents Aston Clinton and Bierton, paid tribute to Zahir Mohammed’s year in office, during which he led celebrations of the county council’s 125th anniversary.
During his own year in office, Mr Chapple wants to show gratitude to the county council’s 1,200 volunteers, celebrate community milestones, such as the centenary of the Women’s Institute, and show staff how appreciated they are in their roles.
He said: “I’ve had the privilege of working with our officers over 38 years and I want to hold on to that close bond and express my personal gratitude. And to our volunteers, who are the backbone of our county and enhance our high reputation, I want to show our thanks.”
Mr Chapple, a father and grandfather, also aims to support the reputation of schools in the county which, he says, are renowned for high standards.
The new chairman’s chosen charity during his year of office is the British Liver Trust.