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New Mayor chosen at annual meeting

Posted: Wed, 17 May 2017 14:34 by Parish Council

New Mayor chosen at annual meeting

ONE of the highlights of the civic year took place at the council's annual meeting last night (16 May) when a new Mayor of the Borough was installed for the next 12 months.

Councillor Ozzy O'Shea, who represents Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton Ward, accepted the chain of office from the outgoing mayor, Councillor Richard Allen, before a council chamber that was packed with special guests.

Cllr O'Shea, who is married to Jenny, was first elected onto the council in 2007. The couple recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and have four children and nine grandchildren.

Cllr O'Shea served in Leicestershire Police for 31 years before retiring. However, his retirement was short lived for the next day he went back to work as a civilian in the Force's operations room and was soon promoted to supervisor. Cllr O'Shea job-shared his position after being elected a councillor in 2007 so he could dedicate more time to his community. He finally retired in August 2016 after serving a total of 43 years with Leicestershire Constabulary.

During his year of office he will be supporting Motor Neurone MND and the Police Widows and Dependants charity for those officers killed on duty.

His chaplain will be Rev Robin Pollard of St Peters Catholic Church, Hinckley.

Away from the council, he served 28 years as a school governor at Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School in Leicester. He has been a keen caravanner for the past 35 years and enjoys walking.

During the annual meeting Councillor Jan Kirby and husband Mike were chosen as the Deputy Mayor and Consort.

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