A long-serving councillor has been appointed the new Mayor of Rugby.
Councillor Richard Dodd was appointed Mayor at Rugby Borough Council’s annual meeting on Thursday May 21.
Cllr Sally Bragg was appointed Deputy Mayor.
Born in Rugby in 1969, Cllr Dodd has represented Paddox Ward for 16 years and has served the Eastlands and Hillmorton Division on Warwickshire County Council for a decade.
Cllr Dodd, a paramedic officer with West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, has set the Mayor’s Life Savers Challenge as the theme for his year in office.
He has joined forces with his chosen charity - Rugby First Responders - to offer community organisations, associations and clubs basic life-support training throughout his Mayoral year.
Cllr Dodd has also become the first Mayor of Rugby to launch social media accounts to chart his year in office - residents can follow him on Twitter @CllrDodd and view his Facebook page, ‘Mayor of Rugby’.
Cllr Dodd said: “It’s a great honour to become the Mayor of Rugby and I’m looking forward to a busy year ahead.
“I’m particularly keen to help Rugby First Responders deliver basic life-support training to residents across the borough during the coming year.
“As a paramedic, I know from experience how basic first aid knowledge can help save lives, so I’d encourage community organisations to sign up for a training session.”
Community organisations interested in organising basic life-support training can call (01788) 533523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org