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Shake Up to York Council Cabinet Announced

York Council 010513

12:08pm 15th May 2013

The council’s Labour Leader today confirms his Cabinet lineup for the next municipal year.

Following Coun. Julie Gunnell’s decision to become Lord Mayor, Coun. Linsay Cunningham-Cross joins the Cabinet as Lead Member for Crime and Stronger Communities while Coun. Dafydd Williams moves to the former Corporate Services brief, now under the new title of Finance, Performance and Customer Service.

Council Leader Coun. James Alexander said he was delighted with the strength of his team going forward, commenting:

“I want to say a big thank you to Julie Gunnell for the immense job she has done over the last few years, from opposition to taking on the Corporate Services portfolio as Cabinet Member.  As well as providing a great deal of constructive challenge to officers on how the council spends taxpayers’ money, she has led on the council’s move to West Offices, a move which will deliver millions in savings over the years ahead.  I wish her well and am sure she will make a great Lord Mayor”.

The Lord Mayor elect, Coun. Julie Gunnell said:

“This is a sad time in one way leaving the Cabinet but an incredibly exciting one at the same time with the year I have ahead of me.  As someone born and raised in York, it’s a fantastic honour to become Lord Mayor of such a great city.

“I’m proud of my achievements in office, from pushing the council forward on its procurement and financial inclusion strategies to getting council officers into a building that will help the organisation to work more closely and productively together, and save a significant amount of money.  I will miss the daily contact with the many people I have had the pleasure to work with over the years, for which I thank them sincerely”.

Incoming Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, Coun. Linsay Cunningham Cross said:

“I’m delighted to have been chosen for this important role and look forward to continuing the good work of my predecessors.  Great strides have been made alongside the Police in helping to reduce crime in York in recent years, and I want to continue with that.

“I’m also keen to develop the stronger communities aspect of the portfolio. I think there is real scope for encouraging the fantastic community projects already going on in the city and encouraging more to grow. Encouraging greater community involvement can help make York an even better place to live for all its residents”.

Coun. Williams moves into his new portfolio with a background of two years as Chair of the Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee in Plymouth, as well a number of years on council Cabinets in Plymouth and York.  He brings experience from outside local government as a manager in Yorkshire Water and as a former Account Director of a Top 100 PR company.

The changes are effective from the Annual Meeting of the Council on 23rd May, when the new Lord Mayor will be sworn in.  Coun. Gunnell has appointed Coun. Brian Watson as her Sheriff elect.

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