Pat Flaherty is new Somerset County Council chief executive

Pat Flaherty
Image caption Pat Flaherty has been acting chief executive since February

Somerset County Council has announced its new chief executive as Pat Flaherty after a vote during a full council meeting.

Mr Flaherty has been the acting chief executive since Sheila Wheeler formally left her job in February. She had been absent from her post since November.

Council leader, Conservative, John Osman described him as an "exemplary leader who has raised officer morale".

Mr Flaherty was voted in unanimously by councillors earlier.

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