Councillor becomes head of Avon Fire Authority
PUBLISHED: 14:37 10 July 2017
The leader of the opposition on North Somerset Council has been selected as Avon Fire Authority’s new chairman.
Cllr Donald Davies has been a part of the fire authority since May 2015.
He received cross-party support during a vote held at an extraordinary meeting on June 25, and replaces Bristol city councillor Peter Abraham in the role, after he held it for two years.
The fire authority was set up when Avon County Council was abolished in the mid-1990s.
It involves 25 councillors from four South West authorities and it appoints staff to key positions, such as the Chief Fire Officer, and also calculates how much taxpayers should pay for the service through council tax.
The authority also decided last year to move its operational headquarters from Bristol to Portishead. That move, which affects 60 staff, will see it share a base with Avon and Somerset Constabulary and will take place later this year.
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