OXFORDSHIRE County Council leader Keith Mitchell has announced his departure next May following a decade at the helm.
Councillor Mitchell, 65, says he will move on to the next phase of his career after his successor is chosen at the council’s AGM on May 15.
Mr Mitchell added: “I think everyone who has been involved at the county council over the last decade can be proud that, together, we have transformed our organisation from its previous status as a hung council with no overall direction, no leadership and a mediocre service record to one that is seen nationally as high performing and able to punch above its weight. I am very proud of that.”
A chartered accountant by profession, Mr Mitchell has served as county representative for the Bloxham division since 1989.
Other responsibilities include being a board member of the South East England Development Agency, vice-chairman of the Local Government Association Community Wellbeing Board and chairman of the Sustainable Communities Act Selector Panel.