Warlingham and Tatsfield’s Surrey County Councillor and the Leader of the County, David Hodge, has announced he will resign at the end of the year.
Mr Hodge, who lives in Caterham, has been in the top job for seven years. Before being elected to the County Council he was Tandridge District Councillor for the Queens Park, Caterham, Ward from 1997-2004.
Conservative Councillor Hodge, who received a CBE in 2017 for services to local government and charity, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead Surrey County Council.
“I am proud of what we have achieved during my leadership and my time as deputy leader – in particular the £540 million of savings and efficiencies we have found since 2010, the building of tens of thousands of extra school places and the fantastic improvements to our roads through Operation Horizon.”
A replacement will be appointed on November 23, and Mr Hodge has already announced that he would “most likely” not stand for re-election as councillor for Warlingham and Tatsfield in 2021.