It is with sadness that Charnwood Borough Council confirms the death of former leader Cllr David Slater.
Cllr Slater served as the leader for seven years, stepping down in November.
Cllr Jonathan Morgan, who took over the leadership of the council, said: “David was an incredibly decent man who served the Council and the residents of Charnwood with absolute dedication.
“His mantra was putting residents at the heart of everything we do as a Council and he certainly put that into practice, helping to build a very solid and stable council which focused on serving our local communities.
“David was also a genuinely decent person and I have received many messages of sympathy from across the borough and the political spectrum. He was always someone you could turn to for advice and support and he has left a huge hole in civic life and the lives of his family, whom our thoughts are with at this time.
“David was a friend to many and he will be missed by us all.”
Cllr Slater, 70, was the ward member for Quorn and Mountsorrel Castle Ward and chair of the Plans Committee.
He joined the borough council in 2001 and became leader in 2010 having previously served on cabinet as lead member for housing and planning. He was the Council’s longest serving leader.
The borough flag is being flown at half-mast at the Council’s office in Loughborough and at Loughborough Town Hall.