At a meeting of the Plaid Cymru group on Carmarthenshire County Council last night Cllr Emlyn Dole (Llannon) was elected to take over as leader from Peter Hughes Griffiths, who will shortly take up the post of Deputy Chair of the Council. The new deputy is Dai Jenkins (Glanamman), who takes over from Tyssul Evans.
A formal announcement from the group is expected in the next fortnight when the leadership changes hands.
Emlyn will be a familiar figure to anyone who has watched broadcasts of the council's monthly meetings where he combines wit with a strong grasp of detail. He is currently a member of the Planning Committee and the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee.
Dai is also a familiar figure to observers of the full council's monthly meetings, and his non-confrontational style and grasp of detail have earned him the respect of all sides. He is currently chair of the very important Audit Committee and a member of the Planning and Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committees.
We are still three years away from the next local government elections, and leading the opposition in a council where all power is concentrated in the hands of the Labour-Independent Executive Board is a pretty thankless task. Perhaps thanks for taking on the job rather than congratulations are more appropriate under those circumstances.
The next three years will be interesting and difficult, with more spending cuts coming down the line, the prospect and uncertainty of a major shake-up of local government in Wales and the strong likelihood that more scandals from the past will rock the council.
We may have a weak and uninspiring governing coalition, but with Emlyn Dole and Dai Jenkins leading a very talented team, Carmarthenshire can at least boast a strong opposition.