North Norfolk District Council leader announces resignation
The leader of North Norfolk District Council has today signalled her intention to resign, for personal reasons.
Sarah Butikofer announced the move during a cabinet meeting this morning, though she will remain in place until her successor is elected.
In an emotional statement, Mrs Butikofer said her life had been "changed forever" a year ago today.
She went on: "Since then I have also lost my father and now my husband is seriously ill.
"I can, therefore, no longer give the time and dedication required to fulfil the role of leader of the council in the manner that I would wish to and give it the attention that it deserves.
"The residents of North Norfolk have every right to expect this.
"I am therefore giving notice that it is my intention to resign as leader of North Norfolk District Council as soon as a new leader can be elected by both my group and then Full Council.
"Until then I will remain in office and continue to complete my duties.
"It has been an immense honour and privilege to have led the council for the last three years and to have been the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group here for the last five and a half.
"It's now time to focus on a new year and delivering for the people of North Norfolk as we have been doing since taking control of this council."
Mrs Butikofer became leader of the council in 2018 when the Liberal Democrats took control from the Conservatives.
The authority's chief executive, Steve Blatch, said later: "I would like to sincerely thank Cllr Bütikofer for all of her hard work during her three years as Leader."