Graham Jones will lead West Berkshire Council for a second time after agreeing to take on the role following the death of Roger Croft.
Cllr Jones, the Conservative representative for Lambourn Valley, was previously leader from 2005 to 2012.
He was made deputy leader in 2015, and took over as acting leader in March following the car crash that claimed Cllr Croft’s life.
He said: “The challenges we face today are no different to the challenges Roger faced. Roger did a lot of the heavy lifting but there is still a lot of heavy lifting left to do.
“We face increased demand and decreased resources, and we have to look at how to maximise income and increase community capacity.
“There are some very big challenges for the years ahead, but ones I believe this council is more than up to.”
Hilary Cole, the councillor for Chieveley, has stepped up to take the position of deputy leader.
The executive board remains relatively unchanged, with the only changes being James Fredrickson taking on Cllr Jones’ health and wellbeing portfolio, and Keith Chopping being brought back in as the board member for corporate services.
Quentin Webb will continue as the council’s chairman for a second year, with Carol Jackson-Doerge as his deputy.