Ted Thompson, councillor for Lochar, was elected to the position of Provost of Dumfries at the latest meeting of the full council.
On his new position, Councillor Thompson said:
“As someone who has spent almost all of my life living in and working in Dumfries and Galloway I consider it a great honour and privilege to represent the people of Dumfriesand Nithsdale in the historic role of Provost. I would like thank my predecessor Jack Groom for all his work as Provost".
“I will do my best to fulfill this role and hope to do so in a manner which will repay the trust which has been placed in me.”
As well as taking on the role of Provost, Councillor Thompson will also be chair of the Nithsdale Area Committee. As to what priorities are for the committee, Councillor Thompson said:
“Area Committees are the most localised form of decision making within the council, representing the four old districts including Nithsdale. However, over the past few years they have had powers stripped away from them including planning and licensing. The new Labour led council are determined to give local Area Committees more powers and real decision making authority and I am looking forward to helping develop that new role, which will hopefully bring decision making closer to the local community.”