Doncaster’s newly elected mayor Ros Jones has pledged to make children’s services a priority and boost employment in the borough.
Mrs Jones says she has “hit the ground running” and has already scheduled a meeting with the two men tasked by Education Secretary Michael Gove to investigate whether Doncaster should be forced to outsource its children’s services department.
Labour’s Mrs Jones, who snatched victory from Peter Davies by 639 votes after a nail biting series of recounts, said she would be operating a “team approach” during her term of office.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been elected and will bring a team approach, we all need to pull together to take Doncaster forward.”
As well as trying to tackle Doncaster’s failing children’s services that has been under government supervision since 2009, Mrs Jones also has a series of priorities on her hit list.
She added: “My priorities will be protecting vital services, ensuring we have one voice for our veterans with a veterans’ champions, creating more jobs and apprenticeships and operating a zero tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Leading by example is something Mrs Jones says she intends to do and is starting by sticking to a reduced salary imposed by Peter Davies when he was elected.
Mrs Jones said she plans to follow suit by taking a £30,000 a year salary - after former mayor Peter Davies slashed his own salary when he was elected from £73,000.
Mrs Jones said she would freeze her own salary for her four-year term of office and pay for council car parking like other employees.
An announcement on Mrs Jones’ cabinet is expected in the next few days.
Speaking about becoming the first female elected mayor of Doncaster she said: “Whether you are male or female becoming an elected mayor is a huge honour.”
Just over 62,000 people voted in Doncaster - a turnout of just 28 per cent. Mrs Jones got 25,364, Mr Davies picked up 24,725.