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New county council figureheads announced at debate

From left to right: new chairman Zahir Mohammed, vice chairman Bill Chapple, and retiring chairman Carl Etholen

From left to right: new chairman Zahir Mohammed, vice chairman Bill Chapple, and retiring chairman Carl Etholen

Zahir Mohammed and Bill Chapple have been announced as Bucks County Council’s annual new chairman and vice chairman respectively.

He received the chain of office from outgoing chairman Carl Etholen at today’s annual council meeting.

Zahir, who becomes chairman as the county council celebrates its 125th anniversary, paid tribute to Carl’s year as chairman, during which he was influential in the county’s Armed Forces Day celebrations, chaired the group that staged the first ever Heritage Flame celebration at Stoke Mandeville ahead of the winter Paralympics, and was one of 100 who abseiled 200ft down the County Council office block to help raise £19,000 for Buckinghamshire Youth Bank.

Zahir said: “He took the office of chairman to new heights – and left the skydive to me!”

Zahir, who represents Booker, Cressex and Castlefield division in High Wycombe, said among his year’s focuses would be two major anniversaries – marking the 125th year of the county council and the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

And he welcomed Bill Chapple as vice chairman, who he said would be a great support in what promises to be a busy year ahead.

Bill said: “If I had a choice, I couldn’t have picked a better chairman to serve with. I look forward to working with Zahir in the coming year.”

However, there were no such changes at last night’s Aylesbury Vale District Council meeting, as chairman Michael Rand and vice chairman Jenny Bloom remained in their posts for a second year running following a unanimous vote.

 

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