North Ayrshire Councillor David O’Neill has been elected President of COSLA following a meeting of the full Convention in Edinburgh this afternoon (Friday).
Councillor Michael Cook from Scottish Borders Council was appointed Vice President at the same meeting.
Commenting following the meeting COSLA’s new President Councillor David O’Neill said: “This is a great honour for me. Having been the Leader of a local authority for three terms, a challenging position which I found both enjoyable and extremely interesting, there was only ever one position in Scottish local government which would offer me a more interesting challenge and that is the President of COSLA.
“I am delighted to have been elected to that position today and I look forward to working with my local government colleagues over the next five years representing both local government and communities throughout Scotland. I can assure both my colleagues in local government and the people of Scotland that, working with Michael as Vice President, we will give the roles our absolute all.
Councillor Michael Cook said: “It is a privilege to be elected to the role of COSLA Vice President. Like David I am committed to representing both local government and, perhaps more importantly, the communities and people we serve.
“In doing so we must be inclusive in responding to the enormous challenges that lie ahead.”