Town clerk is given the sack shock

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Sue Brotherwood, the public official in charge of Sudbury Town Council, was sacked on Tuesday it has been confirmed.

Mrs Brotherwood worked as town clerk for 20 years and has been described by mayor Adrian Osborne as “highly respected” by councillors.

She was told she was being suspended on full pay when she turned up for work on December 23, and was escorted from the town hall.

At that time, the council said it was launching an internal investigation into “procedural matters”.

In a statement given on Wednesday confirming that Mrs Brotherwood, 61, had now been dismissed, the council said: “Mrs Brotherwood is no longer employed by the town council, and we have no further comment to make.”

A town councillor, who asked not to be named, said it was for legal reasons that the details surrounding Mrs Brotherwood’s dismissal were not being revealed.

Mrs Brotherwood, who lives in Melford Road, can appeal the council’s decision in the next 14 days. The spokesperson said that was the driving force behind reason the council had to wait before commenting further.

When the Free Press went to print, Mrs Brotherwood was unavailable for comment.

But in January she said she denied any wrong-doing and said she was taking legal advice from a solicitor from The Society of Local Council Clerks.

She said she was keen for the situation to be resolved so she could return to work.

“I cannot believe the allegations against me. I love Sudbury and have dedicated my life to the town. They may want to alter procedures and policy,” she added.

Since Mrs Brotherwood suspension before Christmas – four years away from retirement – her position has been filled by deputy town clerk Jacqui Howells.