It has been announced today that Cllr John Simmonds MBE has resigned as KCC Cabinet Member for Finance due to ill health.
Mr Simmonds was elected to the County Council in June 2001 as the Conservative Member for Canterbury North, representing villages around Canterbury including Blean and Hackington.
He now represents Canterbury West following boundary changes and has not resigned as a County Councillor.
In a letter in which he resigned from his Cabinet, Mr Simmonds thanked the Leader and all of his colleagues for their support during his illness.
“I have had further medical consultations and more information has come to light. This has led me to conclude that there is no prospect of being able to return to do my job.
“I have neither the mobility nor the physical energy to meet the highest standards that I set myself and that the position requires.
“I try to remain positive and optimistic health-wise, but I know now that things are not going to improve sufficiently to enable me to resume any of my duties.
“Very sadly, therefore, it is now time for me to retire from Cabinet.”
Accepting John Simmond’s resignation, Leader of KCC Paul Carter said “John had a job which he loved so much and was so well suited. John has made a vast contribution to the success of Kent County Council over many, many years.
“He has helped navigate us through stormy waters keeping the finances of Kent County Council robust but at the same time having the capacity to transform innovate and change. John’s wisdom, wit, competence and calmness will be greatly missed.
“I am sure everyone today will join me in sending our collective best wishes to John in the hope his health will improve to allow him to return to the council.”