COUNCILLOR Bill Ganley has been announced as the new deputy mayor of East Staffordshire.
The Labour councillor, who represents Shobnall, was elected at a meeting of the full council.
Councillor Ganley takes the role from Independent Councillor Nathan Birnie, who stepped down from the position only three weeks after he was nominated to the post, as he felt he would be unable to fulfil the requirements of the role for personal reasons.
Councillor Ganley will act as deputy to Councillor Ron Clarke, who will take up the mayoral chains in May, when current mayor Councillor Michael Rodgers comes to the end of his term of office.
The current deputy mayor, Councillor David Leese, will no longer take up the chains following a change in administration for the authority.
Councillor Ganley, who runs two pubs in Burton, told the Mail it was a great honour’ to be selected for the role.
“I think it will be fantastic being able to support Ron.
“I was born in Northern Ireland and we came over when the troubles kicked off. We moved to Horninglow Road and there was no inside toilet. You go from that and go through your life and never think you will end up running your own business, becoming a councillor and getting the ultimate honour.”