Initial discussions between Conservative, Independent and Liberal Democrat councillors about forming a rainbow administration to run Angus Council have gone well.
There were positive informal talks between some councillors at the council offices at The Cross in Forfar on Saturday morning and it is likely that an agreement to form an administration will be made this week.
Of the 28 council seats in Angus, the SNP and Independents each won nine, Conservatives were appointed in eight seats and the Liberal Democrats won two positions.
Several frontrunners have emerged for key positions in the new administration.
The Courier understands that Brechin and Edzell Independent councillor Bob Myles, who led the Angus Alliance between 2007 and 2012, is keen to have another spell as leader but he may face a challenge from a Conservative candidate.
The Conservative councillors will hold a meeting this afternoon to discuss whether to put up a candidate.
Several sources have confirmed that Kirriemuir Conservative Ronnie Proctor and Forfar Independent Colin Brown are both interested in the role of Provost.
Mr Myles said: “We’ve had initial discussions. There’s nothing finalised yet. There seems to be an appetite to take on the administration again but it’s early days.”
Arbroath Independent David Fairweather has said he is interested in a “senior position” with his name mentioned in connection to the deputy leader role.
New Kirriemuir Conservative councillor Angus Macmillan Douglas, who has vast business experience, may become the council’s finance spokesman in the new set-up.
Other experienced councillors are eyeing up committee convenor roles.
Mr Proctor said: “People in Angus have voted Conservative and independent people in because they want a change in administration.”
The next meeting of Angus Council takes place on May 16.
Mr Brown added: “I think there will be a change in administration. I think we now have a fantastic group of people with an abundance of experience. I think we have the makings of a very good team.”