Ulster Unionist Party Group Leader Councillor David Taylor has confirmed that Party colleague Councillor Harold McKee will be assuming the position of Deputy Chairperson of Council for the incoming year.
Councillor Taylor said: “Ahead of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of Newry Mourne & Down District Council, I am pleased to announce that Councillor Harold McKee will be assuming the position of Deputy Chairperson for the incoming year.
“Harold is an extremely dedicated public representative and a man of great integrity and I have no doubt he will carry out the role of Deputy Chairperson of Council in an energetic and professional manner.
“He is very deserving of the honour of representing our District as Deputy Chairperson and he will put his heart and soul into the role during his year in office.
“I offer my friend and colleague my very best wishes and support in undertaking the role and I know in assuming this position that it will be a very proud moment for both himself and his family.”
Councillor Harold McKee commented: “I am immensely privileged to have been selected to the role of Deputy Chairperson by my Ulster Unionist Party colleagues in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. I am looking forward to taking up this role at the Council’s AGM on Monday 1 June.
“As a long standing UUP Councillor, first elected in 2011, and former MLA, I have a proven track record of delivery for the benefit of the local community. I believe in hard work, honesty and accountability in working with local people to raise and solve issues that they care about in their daily lives.
“I know that the community as a whole is living through unprecedented times and many people are under huge pressure. I will certainly strive to do all that I can during the incoming year in my new role to work for everyone across Newry Mourne and Down in what is likely to be an ongoing period of uncertainty.
“I would also like to congratulate the incoming new chairperson SDLP councillor Laura Devlin and very much look forward to working with her in the year ahead.”