As you will already be aware, I have been dismissed from my position as town clerk. I am not going to appeal.
I now realise that I would not be able to continue to work for the town council with the same enthusiasm and loyalty, even if I were given the opportunity to do so.
The whole matter has been extremely stressful for the council as well as me and my staff.
Unfortunately for me, documents and important papers which I know existed before my suspension can no longer be found.
Also, it is my belief that one councillor denied knowledge of matters which could have confirmed some issues.
Both of these things made it impossible for me to provide proof on matters raised to the council by the whistle blower who, in a stressed and shocked state, I was unkind to, which is totally against the council’s policy. I acknowledge this and regret it happening.
During my 20 years in office, the town council has never, through any of my actions, suffered any financial loss. In fact, I know through careful management I have saved thousands of pounds over the years.
I have never gained personally and the town council has not suffered any financial loss as a result of my actions and I always had the best interests of the town council’s staff at heart.
I acknowledge that some actions were not in line with town council policy, and again I regret this.
It has been an honour serving the town and leading such a wonderful and dedicated team of staff.
I feel heartbroken at leaving such lovely people and very sad for the upset they have had to go through.
I hope they can find the strength to carry on and give as much support to the new town clerk as they always did to me.
I have now decided to retire from full-time work and to spend more time with my husband, family and friends who have been so supportive throughout this whole affair.
I may, in due course, look for a part-time job just to keep the brain cells working hard.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me and the town council and who helped make my position of town clerk so enjoyable. It was a wonderful job, very demanding and stressful but rewarding as well.
I have met so many lovely people over the years and many of them I fully intend to stay in touch with.
I love Sudbury and if there is anything I can help with in the future to support the town I will be pleased to do so.
Sudbury Town Council