By-election called as councillor resigns
A MORAY councillor has resigned her seat, prompting a by-election.
Buckie member Anne McKay today tendered her resignation for personal reasons, ending a six-year stint in the chamber.
"I am indebted to the public of Buckie and area for voting me in," Mrs McKay said. "This wasn't an easy decision to make."
Mrs McKay was elected as an Independent member for the Buckie ward in May, 2007, having cut her teeth as a stalwart of Findochty Community Council.
Latterly, she chaired the local authority's health and social care committee, as well as serving on a number of other bodies.
Her time as an elected member, representing the people of Moray, had been "immensely rewarding" and a great honour, she said.
Councillor Stewart Cree, the council Convener and leader of the Independent group, said it was with great regret that he accepted the resignation.
"Anne has served her community in an exemplary manner since her election and has acted as the chair of the Health and Social Care Committee since May 2012. In this regard she has been invaluable in helping to progress the move towards closer integration between Moray Council and Grampian Health Service on issues of adult care.
"I respect and understand her decision which she assures me is for entirely personal reasons and I wish her every success in the future," he said.
Cllr McKay's resignation is with immediate effect and a by-election will be held within three months, with a date yet to be confirmed. It means the council's composition is now Independent/Conservative 13, SNP 9 and Labour 3.