Tamworth now has a brand new Mayor. One of the town’s longest serving councillors – John Garner – has now been sworn in as Mayor for the next 12 months.
Cllr John Garner, a ward councillor for Amington, was unanimously voted into the position at the Annual Council meeting held at the Town Hall – and it is the second time he has held the post.
He was leader of the council in 1983, first served as Mayor in 1988 and was first elected to the council in 1979. His service includes eight years as Cabinet Member for the Environment where he was instrumental in introducing the joint waste service with Lichfield.
Cllr Richard Kingstone, a teacher at Rawlett School, will serve as Deputy Mayor for the year.
Following the vote, which saw Cllr Garner said: “Being elected Mayor is a huge honour and I promise to do my very best to uphold the high standard set by my predecessor, Cllr Tina Clements. The office of Mayor is not about the person, it is about the borough of Tamworth and the people I serve.”
Outgoing Mayor Cllr Tina Clements, who represents the Wilnecote Ward, said she has been hugely privileged to serve as Mayor during 2012 – a year which saw the Olympic Torch Relay come to Tamworth, new discoveries in the Staffordshire Hoard and a Heritage Lottery grant for Tamworth Castle.
She said: “It has been the greatest honour of my life to have represented Tamworth as Mayor, to have met so many wonderful people, groups and organisations and to help promote community pride and the many good works that go on in the town. I would like to thank everyone for giving me my moment to shine and for allowing me to be me.”
During her year in office, Cllr Clements has attended almost 400 engagements and has raised more than £6,000 for her two charities for the year – SPIN and Tame Community First Responders.
Lance Corporal Mark Whetton from the Army Cadet Force was inaugurated as the Mayor’s Cadet for the forthcoming civic year. He will attend certain civic duties with the Mayor, representing young people in the town.