Veteran councillor Stephen Coventry has been announced as the new deputy mayor of Milton Keynes.
The life-long Labour man, who represents Woughton and Fishermead, says he’s got the “best ward in the country”.
Speaking ahead of the mayor making ceremony tonight, which will see Conservative councillor Keith McLean sworn in as mayor.
Mr Coventry said: “I have been a councillor for 19 years on Milton Keynes Council and to have the opportunity to be deputy, and to hopefully become mayor next year, is the ultimate honour you can have.
“In a whole century there will only be 100 mayors. To be one person out of thousands in Milton Keynes with the chance of being mayor is a tremendous honour.
“I am proud of Milton Keynes and its traditions, despite it only being a new town, so I look forward to representing it and making the people proud.”
Looking ahead to the future, Mr Coventry told the Citizen he plans to retire from the council in three years time - opting against another election after 22 years service as a councillor.
He said: “Becoming mayor will be the pinnacle of my career.
“But after that and another year on the council. I will be 60 years old.
“I hope I have achieved a lot for Woughton and Fishermead, but I think by then it will be time for someone new to come in with some new ideas to bring to the table.”