The former Mayor of Llangefni has become the new chairman of Anglesey Council.
Councillor Dylan Rees, a former North Wales Police inspector, was elected on Tuesday as the local authority’s civic head for the coming year.
Mr Rees, a Plaid Cymru member for Canolbarth Môn since May 2013, is also deputy chair of the council’s corporate scrutiny committee.
After retiring from a 27-year police career, he worked for the council as a senior homelessness officer before joining the Grŵp Cynefin Housing Association. Earlier this month, he competed his year as mayor of Llangefni – his hometown for over thirty years.
He’s also the chair of governors at Ysgol Bodffordd and campaigned against plans to close the primary school, which were approved by the council’s executive last month.
Councillor Rees said on Tuesday: ”To be elected as council chairman in only my second term of office is a great privilege and I thank my fellow councillors for placing their trust in me. I will seek to serve the county council, our island and its residents to the best of my abilities. I am looking forward immensely to my year in office and will strive to be an effective ambassador in carrying out my many civic duties.”
The chairman added that his nominated charity for the year ahead would be St David’s Hospice – last week, the charity announced plans to open Anglesey’s first inpatient hospice at Ysbyty Penhros Stanley in Holyhead: ”I am well aware of the excellent work that this charity does in providing top quality end of life care and am delighted to offer my support to this very worthwhile project.”
Plaid councillor for Lligwy, Margaret Murley Roberts, was elected as vice chair for the coming year, defeating a bid by the opposition group to install independent councillor Peter Rogers (Bro Aberffraw) by 22 votes to five.