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Clerk replacement ‘will not be rushed’

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No clear course of action has been decided in discussions to replace Sudbury’s sacked town council clerk.

Deputy clerk Jacqui Howells has been filling the role since Sue Brotherwood was suspended on December 23.

Mrs Brotherwood was dismissed from her position last month for gross misconduct relating to breaches of council procedures, .

There is no sign yet of an imminent replacement.

“Jacqui is still the deputy clerk but has taken on the responsibilities of the town clerk, the same as she would if the clerk was away,” said Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne.

“We are currently reviewing the best course of action with a view to moving forward and will not rush into a decision.”

Since Mrs Brotherwood was confronted and escorted from the town hall – with a police officer waiting outside – the council has been accused of running a reduced service.

Mr Osborne admitted the authority had faced disruption on account of the situation with Mrs Brotherwood and the associated investigation, but had also been hampered by other problems.

“We lost our internet connection for four weeks when we changed providers,” he said.

“The switch was only supposed to take two hours but we had difficulties and that meant there was a bit of catching up to do.”

Mr Osborne added that everyone had been affected by the dismissal of Mrs Brotherwood, who was found to be making unauthorised loans to herself and staff.

“We have never had a situation where we haven’t been able to respond to our electorate, but we had no alternative after taking legal advice,” he said.

Former mayor and town councillor Jack Owen said added: “It is an awful shame that such a good career has ended on a sour note. I always felt she did her best for the town.”

 

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