Councillor Robert Palmer on Friday was announced as the 27th chairman of Lincolnshire County Council.
Robert Palmer said: “I am very proud to have been elected as chairman and look forward to serving as an ambassador for Lincolnshire.
“My aim this year is to promote farming and the excellent food we all know and love.
“During my tour of duty, I would like to raise the profile of Lincolnshire and its agricultural background and let everyone know why we were voted Britain’s favourite food spot.”
As chairman, he will oversee meetings of the council, ensuring they are carried out in a fair manner. He will also act as ‘First Citizen of Lincolnshire’, playing a key role in enhancing the civic life of the county.
Councillor Charlotte Farquharson was elected as vice-chairman.
Robert Palmer was elected as a member of East Lindsey District Council in 1999 and in 2005 became a Conservative councillor for the Louth Marsh area.
Last year, he was vice-chairman alongside outgoing chairman Councillor Neil Cooper.
Palmer is also a District Councillor for East Lindsey District Council and a Justice of the Peace for Grimsby and Member of the Louth Bee Association.
Born in London and educated in Kent, he joined the Army at the age of 15. He was commissioned from the ranks and served for 30 years.
After his retirement, he became a poultry farmer, which he still does now. He now lives in North Somercotes with his wife Maureen and their four children.