A former police chief has been elected as the new leader of Scarborough Borough Council.
The council was criticised over its handling of a sea defences contract
Tom Fox, a Tory councillor in the Castle Ward, replaces Eileen Bosomworth who has stepped down after seven years.
The 56-year-old ex-chief superintendent is set to be confirmed in the role at a full council meeting on Monday.
He said: "This is a great honour. I have a tough task ahead following Councillor Bosomworth, who has done so much to take the borough forward."
Colleagues have credited her with attracting millions of pounds of investment to the town.
However, during her leadership the authority was criticised by the district auditor for illegally awarding a contract for a £40m sea defences scheme.
Ms Bosomworth is now involved in the work of the Improvement and Development Agency, a government body which promotes the work of local government.
She said: "The past seven years have been daunting at times, they have nevertheless been rewarding in that I am able to leave the leadership knowing that so many schemes I have helped to pioneer and pursue are beginning to become a reality.
"The £120m development of The Sands, Rotunda and Woodend to name but three.
"The council has challenging and exciting times ahead and I am sure Tom Fox will go on to achieve even greater success."