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New chairman backs police support charity

The new county council chairman is Ozzy O'Shea

Ozzy O'Shea with his wife Jenny
Ozzy O'Shea (seen here with his wife Jenny) is the new chairman

Ozzy O’Shea is our 44th chairman.

Ozzy first entered local politics as a parish councillor in Ratby in 1996. He was elected to the county council in 2013, representing the Groby and Ratby electoral division, and is now serving in his second term of office.

During his year as chairman, the former policeman has chosen to support Care of Police Survivors (COPS). The charity supports the families of police officers who have tragically lost their lives on duty, helping them to rebuild their lives.

Ozzy spent much of his working career employed by Leicestershire Police, joining in 1973 and retiring in 2016. His 43 years of service saw him serve as a police officer in both the city and the county, later working in a civilian capacity as a supervisor in the force’s operations room.

He has been married to Jenny for 41 years and they have two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.


It is a great pleasure and honour to be taking up the position of chairman of the county council. Jenny and I are very much looking forward to undertaking our civic duties and to meeting many people and organisations who contribute to the life of Leicestershire.


Ozzy takes over the reins from Councillor Janice Richards. Councillor David Jennings is the council’s new vice chairman.

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