New Chairman announced
11 May 2016
Cllr John Aldridge has been elected as the new Chairman of Essex County Council for the coming year.
County Council Member for the Broomfield and Writtle Division since 2005, Cllr Aldridge takes over the post from the outgoing Chairman, Cllr Norman Hume.
Cllr Aldridge said: “I am honoured to be elected as Chairman of the Essex County Council.
“Following on from my two years serving as Vice Chairman, I wish to acknowledge the outstanding contribution to our County made by my predecessor, Cllr Norman Hume.
“The role of Chairman of the County Council dates back to 1889, when the County Council was formed, and there has been a long tradition of service to our community over the intervening years. It is my aspiration to follow in that tradition and the example of my immediate predecessor.
“We live in a great County and I will do all in my power to promote its entrepreneurial skills at all levels whilst also seeking greater recognition for all those voluntary groups and carers that make such a major contribution to the wellbeing of our residents.”
During his time as a County Councillor, Cllr Aldridge has served as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and as Chairman of a number of Council Committees.
He has also served on a number of outside bodies including the Anglian Eastern Regional Flood & Coastal Committee, Chelmsford Youth Strategy Group, the County Council’s Network, Chelmsford Local Highways Panel and as Chairman of the Epping Forest District Locality Board.