Devon County Council has announced a new Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Outgoing Chairman Stuart Barker handed the prestigious title to the county councillor for Exmouth, Jeffrey Trail BEM.
Councillor Trail has held numerous roles since first being elected to the County Council in 2017, including Chairman of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, Adult Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Authority member, East Devon HATOC, and numerous other local committees.
A retired Royal Marine Warrant Officer, Councillor Trail BEM has a keen interest in the military, and is also a member of the County Council’s Veterans Committee, and the armed forces charity, SSAFA.
Health and Wellbeing is high on his agenda, along with the environment and its protection; support of neighbourhood watch systems and PCSO’s; maintaining a safe road network and supporting future business and investments in Devon, including digital and transport connections.
In Cllr Trail’s personal life, he is an active walker, and enjoys gardening and course and sea fishing.
On becoming Chairman, Cllr Trail thanked people of Devon who have worked hard throughout the pandemic for following the public health guidelines, and gave his condolences to those families who have lost loved ones.
He also praised the NHS, emergency services, key workers and the range of people who have kept Devon going during the pandemic, through hard work and determination.
“As a Royal Marine leading from the front of Devon County Council it will be one of my intentions to champion all our Armed Forces – those serving, their families, veterans and cadets – and with the Council’s help and assistance, to strive for the Gold Standard of the Armed Forces Covenant.
“Thank you all for giving me the honour, privilege and opportunity to provide my service as Chairman to the people and communities of Devon and its visitors.”
The Vice Chair is Councillor Debo Sellis, the local member Tavistock.
Cllr Sellis has been a County Councillor since 2009 and also serves as a member of West Devon Borough Council.
Debo is part of the Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance, which helps the town be more dementia friendly and aware.
Her priorities include supporting the nursing profession, ensuring good training for health professionals, reducing pharmacological waste, safeguarding trees and biodiversity, ensuring roads and drains are in a good condition.
Cllr Sellis said:
“ I am honoured to represent Devon County Council as the Vice Chairman. This new role will be an exciting challenge and I hope that the Chairman and I will have opportunities to meet residents face to face, within the current COVID-19 restrictions of course.”