The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have announced that Cllr Charles Roberts will become the new statutory Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Roberts, currently leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council and CPCA portfolio holder for transport was selected by Mayor James Palmer following the resignation of Cllr Robin Howe last week.
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “I'm delighted that Charles Roberts has accepted the position as the new statutory Deputy Mayor for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
"Charles served as my Deputy during my time as Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council so I'm fully aware of his talents and record of delivery. We worked extremely well together as Leader and Deputy and I am hopeful that we will be able to build upon this record of achievement to deliver for the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
"Whilst sad to see Robin Howe leave the Cabinet, I'm extremely confident about what the new Cabinet can achieve working together over the next three and a half years."
Charles Roberts, newly appointed statutory Deputy Mayor, added:
"It's a great honour to have been chosen to be the new Deputy Mayor. Like the Mayor, I was born and have lived my entire life in the county. I'm extremely proud of our area and its huge potential for the future.
"Having served as the Mayor's Deputy before whilst he was Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, I already know that we work well together and have a significant record of achievement.
“As the Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council I will continue to be fully focused on delivering for all residents across the District. However, in addition to this, I welcome the opportunity to play a key role in supporting the Mayor as he seeks to turn his ambitious and visionary plans for the entirety of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough into reality."