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Changes to Council Cabinet

11 May 2016

Changes to the Essex Council Cabinet were announced at a meeting of the authority’s Full Council today.

The changes come following Cllr Roger Hirst’s election as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the county.

The changes will see Cllr Simon Walsh, member for Thaxted, join the Cabinet and take on the new Environment and Waste portfolio. Deputy Leader Cllr Kevin Bentley will take on responsibility for public sector reform and strategic partnerships. Cllr John Spence will take on additional responsibility for Planning, while IT and digital transformation will move under the Leader’s portfolio.

Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Simon on to the Cabinet. His strong performance as Chairman of Scrutiny and Chairman of the Place Services and Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee gives him the experience to effectively lead what is a wide ranging portfolio – from flood protection to rural affairs; waste and recycling to maintaining our country parks and green spaces.”