Councillor Patsy Glennon has been elected as Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District.
The Fianna Fail councillor was nominated for the position by Cllr John Mullen (FF) at the annual general meeting (AGM) of Baltinglass Municipal District held at the Hollywood Community Centre on Monday.
Cllr Mullen said Cllr Glennon had given years of service to the community as a garda, then become a local councillor after his retirement from the force.
Cllr Edward Timmins (FG) seconded the nomination of Cllr Glennon, saying he was a 'great addition' to the municipal district.
As no other names were put forward for the position of cathaoirleach, Cllr Patsy Glennon was deemed elected.
Cllr Glennon and outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry O'Neill (Ind) bumped elbows instead of shaking hands as Cllr Glennon took his place as chair.
In a short address, Cllr Glennon thanked his fellow councillors for the honour.
While he had not been active in politics during his years as a garda, he had joined Fianna Fail in 2018 after his retirement. Cllr Glennon noted he and a colleague had been caught on camera attending the funeral of former Fianna Fail party leader Charles J Haughey.
'It may have cost me a promotion, but it was worth it for Charles Haughey,' Cllr Glennon said.
He paid tribute to former councillors including Tommy Cullen and Pat Doran for their support.
Cllr Glennon also said his father, local garda sergeant Joe Dolan, had been a devoted public servant and memory of his efforts in the community lived on. He thanked family members including daughters Sarah and Mairead and three grandsons for attending the AGM.
Cllr Vincent Blake (FG) congratulated Cllr Glennon and said it was great honour for him and his family.
Cllr Gerry O'Neill (Ind) wished Cllr Glennon luck in the role.