Labour's Cllr Caroline Esterson has been elected as Maghull Town Council's leader after Cllr Maurice Byrne announced he was stepping down from the position due to health reasons.
Maghull Town Council's new Labour leader thanked Cllr Byrne for his hardwork and dedication to the town.
Cllr Byrne announced his intention to step down at a full council meeting on Wednesday evening where Cllr Esterson was elected to take over.
Retired Deputy Headteacher Cllr Byrne has controlled angina and type two diabetes.
Cllr Esterson said Cllr Byrne had been one of the hardest working and dedicated councillors she has met.
Cllr Esterson said: "We are all very sorry to see Maurice step down as leader of the town council. Since taking over I know only too well how hard he has worked to make Maghull Town Council a success.
"He has been extremely hands on in the council and striven to make the council a success for the whole community.
"But while he has stepped down as leader, he will still be a leading member of the Labour Group on Maghull Town Council and he will continue to drive forward his plans to increase community involvement in the town.
"I will be working very closely with him in my role as the new leader to continue the good work he began."
Cllr Byrne said although he was disappointed to be stepping down as leader, he will continue his work as a Maghull Town Councillor.
Cllr Byrne said: "While I have been advised to step down as leader of Maghull Town Council because of my health conditions, I will continue to be a very active member of the town council.
"I will continue to drive forward plans to get greater community involvement in the life of Maghull Town Council through the likes of the newly created Community Committee and I will continue to work to get a community day back on the Maghull calendar.
"Since taking over at Maghull Town Council just last May, the new Labour administration has introduced many exciting new schemes which have included a review of all of Maghull Town Council's parks with a rolling programme of improvements and refurbishments, the creation of a writing competition and maths quiz for the town's children and Cllr McKinley's idea for the creation of an apprenticeship scheme to give young people in Maghull a step up on the career ladder at a time when they most need it.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as leader of Maghull Town Council, particularly leading the Labour Group which is a fantastic team with the interests of Maghull at its core.
"Both they and I will continue to give our all in improving life here in Maghull."