Borough of Poole council appoints new leader
A new leader has been appointed to head Borough of Poole Council after the death of the long-serving previous incumbant.
Councillor Brian Leverett, 69, died in September after collapsing at the town's civic centre.
At a full council meeting on Tuesday members appointed Elaine Atkinson.
Ms Atkinson, who was elected to the authority in 2005, called the appointment a "tremendous honour" and paid tribute to her predecessor.
She said she was keen to build on the council's achievements under Mr Leverett' s leadership.
"We were all terribly shocked and saddened by Brian's death and his passing was a huge loss to Poole," she added.
Councillor Mike White was elected as the Conservative-run council's deputy leader.
A by-election for the Poole Town Ward, which Mr Leverett held, will take place on 2 December.