Date Published: 26 November 2018
Rutland County Council is deeply saddened by the news that former Council Leader Terry King has passed away.
Terry King was elected as Leader of Rutland County Council in February 2016 and was the Council’s longstanding Portfolio Holder for Development and Finance.
He first became the Ward Member for Exton in 1999 and was re-elected by his constituents on three successive occasions before standing down as a County Councillor and Leader of the Council in January 2017.
“Terry King made an immeasurable contribution to the Council throughout his time as a Ward Member, Portfolio Holder and as Leader. He first entered local politics shortly after Rutland gained independence, applying his many years of experience and considerable business acumen to help the County navigate numerous challenges and become the vibrant and prosperous place it is today. Terry’s loss will be felt by everyone he worked with at Rutland County Council and our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this extremely difficult time.”
Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
“All Elected Members who worked with Terry King held him in the highest possible regard and are incredibly sad to learn that he has passed away. His commitment and shrewd character made him an outstanding Councillor and one who never lost sight of the needs of local people. We must also recognise his wider contribution to Rutland, as a successful businessman who created jobs in our area and supported our local economy. The condolences of everyone at Rutland County Council go to his wife and family.”
Kenneth Bool, Chairman of Rutland County Council
“Terry King was a well-known and hugely respected member of Rutland’s business community. He was also an immensely astute Councillor who was unwavering in his commitment to provide good governance and outstanding services for residents. As a senior member of Rutland’s Cabinet, Terry was a driving force behind the success of Oakham Enterprise Park, which has grown to become a thriving hub for local industries, as well as a key component of our local economy. Forthright and even-handed, Terry had a profoundly positive impact on Rutland over many years and will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family.”
Sir Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton
“Terry King was an extremely dedicated public servant and will be missed by all who knew him. His time as a Councillor coincided with a period of huge change for Rutland, which celebrated two decades of independence last year. Terry King was instrumental in helping the County to reach this incredible milestone. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Helen Briggs, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council
Flags outside Rutland County Council are to be flown at half-mast as mark of respect and a two-minute silence will be held ahead of public meetings.
Mr King’s family have asked for privacy at this time and will confirm public arrangements for all those who wish to pay their respects in due course.