Peter Taylor has been elected as the new Mayor of Watford seeing off a challenge from Labour candidate and council chairman Jagtar Singh Dhindsa.
He received 15,931 votes after a 39.27 per cent turn-out.
Cllr Taylor said it was an honour to have been chosen by Watford residents to represent them.
He commented: “It’s a huge privilege and I’m looking forward to the next four years of hopefully making Watford an even better place to live.”
Cllr Taylor also paid tribute to outgoing mayor Dorothy Thornhill and said his election was a huge vote of confidence in what she had achieved over 16 years.
In the wake of the result, the now former mayor spoke of her admiration for her successor and her high hopes for the future of the town.
She said: “Peter’s an excellent candidate and my admiration for him has grown throughout the campaign. He’s been positively mayoral at times when I wouldn’t have been. I think he’s going to be an excellent mayor.”
Following the announcement, the new mayor was swiftly congratulated by his closest rival, Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, who said he hoped Cllr Taylor would be “a mayor for everybody in Watford”.
Written by Ryan Gray and Tim Green