New deputy mayor announced
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Wakefield Council has announced that Cllr Kevin Barker has been appointed as the district's new deputy Mayor.
The Wakefield Rural ward representative will serve for a year with Cllr Harry Ellis, ward councillor for Knottingley, who becomes the new Mayor in May.
As is the tradition with deputy Mayors, Cllr Barker will take up the chains of office by stepping into the role of Mayor in May 2017.
Cllr Peter Box, Leader of the Wakefield, congratulated Cllr Ellis and Cllr Barker on their forthcoming new roles and said: "I am sure they will both represent the district with commitment and dignity and I hope they enjoy their year in civic office."
Wakefield Council's formal mayor-making ceremony and annual meeting will take place on May 19.