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16th Jun, 2021

Former police officer takes over as Worcestershire County Council chairman for the forthcoming year

Rob George 5th Jun, 2021

A FORMER policeman will uphold the law at County Hall after he was elected chairman of Worcestershire County Council for the year ahead.

Coun Steve Mackay has been representing St Peter’s division in Worcester on the county council since 2017. He will be taking over the role from Coun Bob Brookes, who was elected chairman in July last year.

Coun Mackay’s political career began when he was elected to his local parish council in 2010 and in 2014 moved to become a Conservative member of Worcester City Council.

During that time, he was elected Mayor and took a great interest in the work of the many volunteers he met during his year in office.

Raising money for his chosen charities has always been close to his heart, he has done this through many events over the years including a tandem skydive.

“I’m really honoured to be taking on the role of chairman for the next civic year. I’d like to thank my predecessor Bob Brookes for representing the county so well in the most difficult of circumstances during his time as chairman,” he said.

“After this last year, I’m looking forward to the chance to remind our residents and the county’s visitors what a great place Worcestershire is to live, work and thrive in.”

Before his political career, Coun Mackay was a serving operational police officer for 30 years in both Bedfordshire and Avon and Somerset constabularies. After retiring in 2003, he lived in France for a few years before moving back to England.

He gained a BSc 2.1 degree in social science with the Open University in 1996. This encompassed a number of subjects including politics both here and abroad.

He lives in Worcester with his wife of 47 years, Alison. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Coun Chris Rogers will be taking up the position of vice-chairman alongside Coun Mackay. He has recently been re-elected as county councillor for Stourport on Severn.

The former hi-fi technical journalist, who has also travelled the world as road crew for various bands, wants to use his time in post to prove Worcestershire is a great place to visit whilst championing rural life and rural businesses.

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