MORAY Council’s new administration has this morning been agreed by councillors.
The local authority is now led by a minority SNP administration of nine members, with Councillor Shona Morrison appointed as convener and Councillor Graham Leadbitter as leader.
After the administration was agreed, Cllr Morrison was invited to say her first words as convener.
She said: "I am honoured to be elected as Convener of Moray Council, and I am especially proud to be the first woman in Moray to hold this post. I look forward to representing Moray."
New leader, Cllr Leadbitter, added: "It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as a councillor to serve my community and it is a further honour and privilege to be this council’s leader.
"We are an administration in a region that has an enormous amount to shout about and we will do that shouting. This is an exceptional place to live and work and we will be positive about Moray, positive about our council and positive about the future that it is our job to shape."
Confirmed chairs of committees thus far:
Policy and Resources Cllr Aaron McLean
Audit and Scrutiny Cllr Marc Macrae (Conservative)
Children and Young People’s Services Cllr Sonya Warren
Communities Cllr Louise Laing
Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Cllr Graham Leadbitter
Planning and Regulatory Services Cllr David Bremner
Police and Fire and Rescue Services Cllr Paula Coy
Licensing Committee Cllr Amy Patience
Local Review Body Cllr Amy Patience
Further details of committee memberships will be available once confirmed. Outside bodies appointments will be considered at a future meeting.