Barnstaple town clerk to retire

Barnstaple town clerk Anne Jenkins – pictured here reading the proclamation of Barnstaple Fair outsi

Barnstaple town clerk Anne Jenkins – pictured here reading the proclamation of Barnstaple Fair outside the guildhall – is set to retire in March next year. - Credit: Archant

Anne Jenkins to bow out next year after a long career in local government.

Barnstaple town clerk Anne Jenkins (centre) is set to retire in March next year.

Barnstaple town clerk Anne Jenkins (centre) is set to retire in March next year. - Credit: Archant

BARNSTAPLE Town Council clerk Anne Jenkins is set to retire after a long career in local government.

Mrs Jenkins will stand down in March next year after 10 years as the council’s clerk and finance officer.

A fellow of the Institute of Local Council Management and a member of the Society of Local Council Clerks, she was formerly the clerk at Poynton Town Council in Cheshire.

Chairman of Barnstaple Town Council’s staff committee, Cllr Ian Roome said Mrs Jenkins would be a ‘hard act to follow’.


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“Anne has done a tremendous job during an extremely difficult time in local government,” he said.

“But her outstanding expertise and professionalism have ensured that Barnstaple leads the way in front of many councils of a comparative size in the UK.

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“Anne will be sorely missed and we wish her all the best for the future and hope that she continues to be involved with our community.”

The council is currently advertising the £42,032 – £46,390 role.

It said it was seeking to appoint a ‘highly motivated and experienced officer to continue the development of the council’s services in this challenging and ever changing sector’.

The closing date for applications is December 18 and interviews will be held on January 14 and 15.

Mayor of Barnstaple Lesley Brown said Mrs Jenkins would be missed by everyone on the council and many more in the local area.

“On a personal level she has been a great help to me as mayor and a shoulder to cry on to help me through my own personal situation during the last 18 months,” said Cllr Brown.

“And on a professional level she has always been there for advice and guidance for the whole town council.

“You always knew if Anne looked at you over the top of her glasses, you were in trouble.

“When the Duke of Edinburgh visited Barnstaple last year, Anne had told us all where to stand. But when the Duke changed his route, I remember Anne pointing at me with her white glove to let me know I was in the wrong place.

“Anne is well respected on a lot wider scale than just Barnstaple and we wall all miss her.

“But it’s an interesting time for town councils because of the current economic situation and I’m sure Anne will agree that now is perhaps the right time for some new blood and some fresh ideas.”

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