Liberal Democrat appointed chairman of Mole Valley District Council
MOLE Valley District Council's new chairman has promised to "promote Mole Valley" during her year in the job.
Caroline Salmon (Lib Dem, Holmwoods) was officially appointed chairman of MVDC at the annual council meeting last week.
Miss Salmon, who lives with her fiance in Beare Green, has been a councillor for 10 years and served as vice-chairman last year.
Speaking at the meeting on May 22, Councillor Margaret Cooksey (Lib Dem, Dorking South) said: "When Caroline became vice-chairman at this time last year, little did she know how quickly she would have to take on the chairman's responsibilities.
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"But that is what she had to do for a long period, supported by John Northcott the previous chairman, when sadly Anne Howarth became ill.
"Caroline knows every square inch of the district, she is closely involved in the business and arts communities and she also has some experience as chairman.
"I am not sure that any of us will be able to cope with the energy and verve that Caroline will bring to this role, but I commend her to you and hope that you will enjoy the next 12 months as much as the whole district is bound to.
"What better year to serve than one in which we celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and have the Olympics charging through our district?"
Miss Salmon said: "I think being chairman is all about putting your ego behind you and coming to people's events and making them feel special.
"I am going to do more to promote Mole Valley and the people of the district."
David Sharland, Conservative councillor for Leatherhead South, was elected as vice-chairman.
The role of chairman of MVDC is a ceremonial role, and the holder is elected at the annual council meeting each May.