A county leader is quitting to try to run for police and crime commissioner.
Ken Maddock (Con) will resign as Somerset CC leader next month and then seek the Conservative party nomination for the commissioner post for Avon & Somerset in November’s elections.
He will remain a councillor and his group will choose a successor in May.
“Deciding to stand down as Somerset CC leader has been a really hard decision, a real wrench,” he said. “But the new police role is hugely important and influential.”
Cllr Maddock became leader in 2009 when the Tories ousted the Liberal Democrats.
If he becomes commissioner he will still not escape from dealing with the loss-making shared services company SouthWest One, of which he has been severely critical.
This was formed in 2007 and supplies back office services to Somerset, Avon & Somerset Police and Taunton Deane BC.
Cllr Maddock denounced it in February as “failing to deliver promised savings; failing to cope with a changing financial landscape; failing to be flexible enough to adapt in challenging times and provide the best possible value for money”.