West Dunbartonshire appoints new leader - Clydebank Loves Local

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The council will have a familiar face returning as leader for the next five years after the new-look was confirmed on Wednesday.

Martin Rooney will return as West Dunbartonshire Council’s leader with Michelle McGinty sitting as deputy.

Councillor Rooney previously held the position between 2012 – 2017 before he was forced to make way for Jonathan McColl when the SNP took power in 2017.

But, after Labour won back all 12 of their seats in an outright majority at the elections on May 5, Cllr Rooney was voted in as expected.

Upon his appointment, Cllr Rooney thanked his fellow councillors for putting their trust in him once again.

He said: “Thank you very much everybody and hopefully we can work together in the best interests of the people of West Dunbartonshire.”

Councillor Douglas McAllister for Kilpatrick Ward was given the role of Provost, a title he held. John Millar was appointed as deputy Provost.

Elsewhere, Claire Steel was given a senior councillor position with the Education Services, Craig Edward the same on Housing and Community services, Danny Lennie on Corporate services and David McBride on Infrastructureputy, Regeneration and Economic Development.

First-time councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal was given a role on the Appeals Committee.

Councillor Karen Conaghan was confirmed as leader of the SNP opposition.

At the meeting, it was also agreed that the salary for a senior councillor would be £24,467 with the remaining councillors receiving £19,571.