Aberdeenshire Council has met to appoint councillors to key positions.
The authority’s administration is being led by the Aberdeenshire Alliance, comprising 14 Conservative, 12 Liberal Democrat, and 9 Independent councillors.
Leading the administration is Cllr Jim Gifford, with Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes as Deputy Leader. The co-ordinator of the Independent members is Cllr Norman Smith.
At the first meeting of the full council since the local government elections, Cllr Jill Webster was appointed as Provost.
She paid tribute to the former Provost, Cllr Bill Howatson, for his tireless work and commitment to Aberdeenshire. She went on to say how delighted she was to have been elected as Provost and that she saw her role as an ambassador for Aberdeenshire.
Provost Webster acknowledged the previous approach of councillors in working in a consensual nature, adding she was keen to see this continue with a focus on mutual respect and courtesy.
She said she was passionate about Aberdeenshire as a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest in with stunning beaches, dramatic coastlines, magnificent mountains and countryside.
Provost Webster made reference to Aberdeenshire’s successful economy and its reputation for entrepreneurship, innovation, whilst maintaining a friendly, welcoming and hospitable nature. She went on to say that Aberdeenshire was often recognised as having the best quality of life in Scotland.
Cllr Norman Smith was elected as the Deputy Provost. He said it was a privilege and honour to be elected and that he would do all he could to support the Provost in her duties.