New leader appointed

Derrick Haley
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The new leader of a district council said he was ‘honoured’ to have been given the nod after being elected at a meeting last night.

Cllr Derrick Haley was chosen to lead Mid Suffolk District Council at a full meeting last night.

Cllr Haley, who has been deputy leader since 2006, takes over from Tim Passmore, who resigned following his election as Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner in November.

Cllr Haley highlighted the people around him as key to his role.

“I’m very honoured to have been elected to this role, but I see myself as being part of a hardworking and innovative team, made up of councillors and staff from the council who are working closely with out colleagues in Babergh District Council to deliver first rate outcomes for our communities at a time of real challenge.

“Mid Suffolk has a proud recent history of introducing new ways of working, often in partnership with others, to deliver more effective and more efficient services.

“We are currently pulling together all of our staff - and not just the management - into one unified but flexible operation aimed at us continuing to deliver the best for our communities whatever the future holds.”