‘I AM thrilled to be part of the team’ said the new clerk of Uttoxeter Town Council on her first week in the role.
Rachel Jarvis took over the role of town clerk on Monday after filling in as acting clerk following the retirement of Lynne Brown in June, who stepped down after 26 years to spend more time with her family.
Mrs Jarvis is no stranger to working for a council after spending 26 years working for East Staffordshire Borough Council across various departments.
Speaking of her new role, she said: “I’m very excited to be taking on the role of town clerk for Uttoxeter.
“With the introduction of the Localism Act, the opportunities for the town council to become more involved in community matters have been widened and I know our councillors are determined to do their best in securing the prosperity and growth of Uttoxeter. I’m thrilled to be part of the ‘team’.
“Starting with any new employer can be daunting, but the councillors and staff at the town council have made me very welcome.
“We have a strong team and I would like to thank the previous clerk, Lynne Brown, for the professional and helpful handover on my first day.
“I know that all staff will continue with the good work achieved to date, they are all excellent in their roles and I am looking forward to working with them all.” Her role will see her supporting all of the councillors and helping the authority achieve its ambitions for the town.
The Neighbourhood Plan is currently at the forefront of the council’s plan which will take priority over the next few months allowing everyone to have their say to help shape growth in Uttoxeter, with opportunities for residents to get involved. Markets are also one of the priorities.
Mrs Jarvis said: “Uttoxeter is a beautiful rural market town and we all need to assist in securing the success and development of our markets.
“The first Uttoxeter Markets survey is now complete and I will be analysing the results to present to council, forming the basis of a continuous monitoring and improvement strategy.” Speaking of her time at the borough council, Mrs Jarvis said: “The last 26 years have flown by and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the borough.
“My experience across the various departments from planning and building control to E-government, communications and business transformation — equips me well for the varied responsibilities that the role of town clerk requires.
“The three month secondment to the role over the summer was an excellent opportunity and I now look forward to a long and interesting career with the town council.”