PARISH chiefs in Uttoxeter have appointed a new permanent town clerk after her predecessor quit in a shroud of mystery.
The Advertiser has previously reported how Rachel Jarvis resigned as town clerk after less than a year in office for ‘undisclosed reasons’.
Now, after six months filling the role on a temporary basis, Tina Jeffrey has been installed in a permanent capacity.
Ms Jeffrey, who lives in Uttoxeter, told the Advertiser she is ‘passionate’ about the town.
She said: “I’m just looking forward to getting stuck into this challenging permanent role and work as hard as I possibly can for the good of the town.”
Previous incumbent Ms Jarvis was described as a ‘sad loss to the town’ when she resigned earlier this year.
Although no official reasons were given, it is thought her resignation relates to a mistake in the town precept - the amount of council tax Uttoxeter residents are obliged to pay.
Legal wranglings surrounding how the error was made are oingoing between Uttoxeter Town Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Hugh Montgomery, the mayor of Uttoxeter, told the Advertiser he is ‘delighted’ to have made a permanent appointment.
He said: “Tina has been performing the role in an acting capacity, as well as working with previous clerk Lynne Brown, for some time now.
“I have to say that she’s done an absolutely superb job during that time and has built up a lot of experience.
“She’s sorted a lot of things out since being in the role and works tirelessly for the good of the people of Uttoxeter.
“Her commitment and hard work have been evident for some time and I think she’ll do the town proud.”
The town council had made up its mind to employ Ms Jeffrey for some time, but delayed the appointment while checking whether or not it had to advertise the vacancy publicly.