Cllr Johnny McMahon with one of the county's Covid testing vans
Cllr Johnny McMahon with one of the county's Covid testing vans

A councillor who has helped co-ordinate the response to the Covid pandemic has confirmed he will step down from his leadership role.

Cllr Johnny McMahon was appointed to help spearhead the coronavirus public health drive will leave the cabinet at Staffordshire County Council after two years.

He said he was “immensely proud” of the efforts to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak.

“There have been both hugely challenging and hugely rewarding times in equal measures for the county council as we chartered our way through the ups and down of the pandemic.

“I am immensely proud of Staffordshire’s response and how our partners such as the NHS, district and borough councils, schools and staff in the county council really pulled together like never before to help try and keep people safe and keep health and care frontline services open.

“While I will still be very much an active county councillor, now feels like the right time to step back from cabinet.”

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council

Cllr Alan White, leader of the county council, said Cllr McMahon’s background in health had made him the ideal person to lead the region’s Covid response.

“When I asked Johnny to join cabinet to lead on public health in the pandemic I knew he was the right person for the job and he certainly has not let me down.

“With his health background he brought with him an understanding of the NHS but also a real understanding and compassion for the impact the virus was having on residents and on the people working tirelessly to protect them.

“This has helped strengthen our health and care working across the county and I would like to thank him for his work on the Cabinet and I know he will continue to do everything he can for the benefit of the people of Hednesford and Rawnsley.”

Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council

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