EXCLUSIVE: Lichfield District Council is to get a new leader for the first time in ten years after a vote by Conservative councillors.
The Tory group have ditched long-term leader Cllr Mike Wilcox in favour of Cllr Doug Pullen.
The Conservatives made their decision to end the decade-long reign in a ballot at their annual general meeting tonight (9th May).
The meeting also saw the election of Cllr Iain Eadie as Deputy Leader after the previous deputy Ian Pritchard retired from council.
Both Cllr Pullen and Cllr Eadie will be confirmed as Leader and Deputy Leader of the council at a meeting on 21st May.
Cllr Pullen, who has previously been leader of Burntwood Town Council, said he was committed to ensuring the local authority represented all residents.
He said: “I look forward to working for everyone in the district, and with the new representatives from all political parties and independents.
“We have a lot to do, and I am excited by the challenges ahead.”