Kent County Council has opened a book of condolence in memory of Kevin Lynes, the KCC Cabinet Member who died on Friday.
Mr Lynes was elected to the county council in June 2001 as the Conservative Member for Tunbridge Wells Rural West, and most recently represented the Tunbridge Wells East division of St James’, Pembury and Sherwood.
Mr Lynes joined KCC’s Cabinet in 2002, a year after his election, holding the Resources portfolio from 2002 to 2005 and Adult Social Services from 2005 to 2008, when he was appointed as Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development. He was 53.
Colleagues, friends and business leaders have been paying tribute.
Council Leader Paul Carter said: “Kevin was in the premier league of local government councillors nationally – hard working, dedicated and compassionate. He always put the residents he represented in Tunbridge Wells first.
“Most importantly, Kevin made a huge difference in carrying out his many roles at County Hall. As Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Kevin was in his element, supporting businesses of all shapes and sizes across the Kent economy. The Kent economy is in a better place as a result of Kevin’s dedication and endeavours.
“He will be enormously missed not only in the corridors of County Hall but around the county. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to Kevin’s family and his many friends.”
Anyone wanting to contribute can do so at Sessions House, Kent County Council,County Road, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ, or, from Tuesday afternoon, at Tunbridge Wells Library, Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1NS.