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Councillor Campion takes on county adult social care responsibility
A WYRE Forest-based Worcestershire County Council cabinet member will take on the role of adult social care across the county.
Conservative councillor Phillip Gretton has announced he will be stepping down as cabinet member for adult social care.
Council leader, Conservative Adrian Hardman, said following the decision, the number of cabinet members on the council would be reduced to nine and Conservative councillor John Campion would combine the role with his current duties as cabinet member for localism and communities.
Mr Campion, also leader of Wyre Forest District Council, said: “Philip has done an excellent job for the people of the county and I would like to recognise his great service.
“He leaves the adult social care service in good shape and while there are many challenges ahead, I will be looking to continue to do the best I can for the service.
“His legacy is of good, sound and solid decision-making and I hope to emulate his leadership for the benefit of residents across the county.”
Mr Gretton, an accountant by profession, has held the cabinet position for the last eight years.
Mr Hardman added: “Philip decided after eight years in office he did not intend to continue holding responsibility for adult social care, even if re-elected in May.
“So he and I agreed an early handover would help to provide continuity in this important role.”