A MAN who has lived in the Staffordshire Moorland all his life has been elected to represent the district for the next 12 months.
At the annual general meeting of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Checkley ward representative Colin Pearce was elected chairman of the authority.
Mr Pearce, who has been vice-chairman for the last year, replaces councillor Jim Davies of Biddulph in the role.
Werrington ward councillor David Shaw was elected vice-chairman of the authority.
Proposing councillor Pearce, deputy leader of the authority Arthur Forrester, said: "I have pleasure in nominating Councillor Pearce.
"He has lived all his life at the family farm in Checkley.
"He is well known and highly respected and a very friendly person; Colin will be a great asset to the council."
Proposing Councillor Shaw as vice-chairman, leader of the district council Sybil Ralphs said: "The role of vice-chairman is important to help and support the chairman.
"Councillor Shaw is very able and has fulfilled all his duties for the last three years.
"He has set up many charities and supports many local organisations."
Before retiring from his busy year of office, Councillor Davies said the last year has been a joyful and happy time.
He said: "It has been a privilege and honour to represent the Staffordshire Moorlands across a wide area. It is the people who help make the Moorlands such a wonderful place.
"Along with my wife Sue we have met people including wonderful volunteers and many great organisations.
"The last year has also been dominated by the reorganisation of the Mercian Regiment. It was interesting to talk to officers at the laying of colours of the Staffords which was held at Lichfield.
"Talking to military personnel gave me the insight to the challenges they face. We have also visited many events including Leek Show, the best kept village awards evening and a carol service at Lichfield.
"Everywhere we have been we have always promoted the Staffordshire Moorlands.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially my wife who has been my greatest asset. I wish the new chairman a successful year."
Mr Davies was thanked for his work by Ms Ralphs. She said: "Councillor Davies, along with his wife Sue, have had a fantastic year as ambassadors for the Staffordshire Moorlands.
"They have met many people and attended several civic events where politics are not involved. This might be a lesson for local government. I would like to thank them for their huge effort."