FORMER Forres Academy maths teacher, George Alexander, is the new Leader of Moray Council.
It has been confirmed that the local authority’s new administration is a Conservative/Independent coalition.
The eight-strong group of Conservative councillors have entered into a formal agreement with six of the seven Independent councillors elected earlier this month.
Elected members reconvened this morning after the first meeting of the new council was adjourned last week to allow more discussions to take place with a view to forming an administration.
The new council convener is Heldon and Laich councillor James Allan, who served in the last administration.
Chairing his first meeting as convener, Councillor Allan said the appointment was a great privilege and honour.
"I feel we have formed a very strong administration group with lots of experience and knowledge to bring to the chambers," he said.
"I know it won’t be easy over the next five years given the financial strains, but I can only promise to do my best for the people of Moray."
Today’s meeting also saw chairs and deputy chairs appointed to the council’s various standing committees.
Policy and resources committee: chairman – cllr Alexander, deputy chairman – cllr Allan.
Children and young people’s services committee: chairman – cllr Tim Eagle, deputy chairman – cllr Frank Brown.
Communities committee: chairwoman – cllr Lorna Creswell, deputy chairman – cllr Donald Gatt.
Economic development and infrastructure services committee: cllr John Cowe, deputy chairman – cllr Walter Wilson.
Planning and regulatory services committee: cllr Claire Feaver, deputy chairman – cllr Walter Wilson.
Licensing committee: chairman – cllr Gordon Cowie, deputy chairman – cllr Ron Shepherd.