Aber Valley councillor John Taylor has been elected as Deputy Leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Councillor Taylor replaces fellow Aber Valley councillor Lyndon Binding, who stepped down for health reasons last month after 13 years of service.
Councillor Taylor was first elected as a member of the former Rhymney Valley District Council in 1983 and was elected to Caerphilly Council 16 years later.
He worked as worked as Head of Special Needs Department at the former St Ilan Comprehensive School in Caerphilly. After leaving teaching in 1999, Councillor Taylor worked for various members of the National Assembly for Wales/Senedd.
He is a governor at both Cwmaber Infants and Cwmaber Junior Schools and treasurer of Beulah Baptist Church, Abertridwr and East Glamorgan Welsh Baptist Association. He is trustee of a Christian charity, Y Ffowndri, based in Tonteg.
Councillor Taylor said: “I’m delighted to have received a vote of confidence from fellow members of the Plaid Cymru group and give my full support to the group’s leader, Councillor Colin Mann.
“My aim during the next 12 months will be working with others to ensure Plaid Cymru regains control of Caerphilly Council at next May’s elections.
“Under the woeful Labour administration. residents have had to watch as millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been squandered on the senior officers’ pay scandal and communities across the county borough have been plunged into darkness by the flawed decision to switch off street lights in the early hours. In addition, council tax bills have rocketed well above inflation while families and individuals have struggled to make ends meet. Caerphilly needs a new start.”