Council appoints new town clerk to remodelled position

Sudbury, Suffolk. New Sudbury Town Council CLerk Jacqueline Howells ANL-141014-171023009
Sudbury, Suffolk. New Sudbury Town Council CLerk Jacqueline Howells ANL-141014-171023009

Sudbury Town Council has appointed a new town clerk – and made a number of changes to the role since the dismissal of Sue Brotherwood in February.

Long-time deputy clerk Jacqui Howells has been chosen from a field of 10 candidates for the position.

Mrs Howells has worked at the council since 2008, with Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey describing the 58-year-old as “conscientious, dignified, knowledgeable and experienced in Sudbury matters”.

Mr Spivey added: “Jacqui has the respect of the councillors and staff following a very difficult period – she has led the team that has kept the show on the road.

“She has the skills to pull the operations of the council together to get us over the past difficulties and prepare us for the new challenges likely to come our way.”

These difficulties came in December when Mrs Brotherwood was suspended and later sacked for gross misconduct.

As part of the investigation, a number of failings were identified in the council’s own practices, resulting in the clerk no longer being responsible for finances –which will now fall under the remit of the deputy clerk.

Mrs Brotherwood has recently left the area, stepping down as chairman of local health campaign group Sudbury Watch.

Former chairman Peter Clifford has temporarily taken on the role.