Cllr Martyn Cox is the new leader of the council and Cllr Adele Warren is the cabinet member for development and regeneration.
The new positions come after the unexpected death of Cllr David Greenhalgh, who had been the council leader. Greenhalgh was 53.
Cllr Cox, a Conservative, was formerly the cabinet member of development and regeneration. In his new role, he will continue to lead the council’s efforts to regenerate the town centre. All other development and regeneration schemes will fall under Cllr Warren’s domain.
Previously, Cllr Warren was the cabinet member for environmental services, a role that Cllr Nadim Muslim is taking over.
Cllr Warren told Place North West that the new position was “quite a change from what I was doing”.
“It’s very exciting, but it’s also very challenging,” Cllr Warren said, emphasizing her commitment to keep pushing forward the council’s improvements for the borough.
“We’re in a perfect position in terms of regeneration and driving investment into our town,” she said.
Other new appointments include Cllr Hilary Fairclough as deputy leader of the council and the cabinet member for culture, as well as Cllr Mudasir Dean as the cabinet member for strong communities. Cllr Andy Morgan will focus on adult social care and homelessness. The council’s licensing committee will be chaired by Maureen Flitcroft.