New deputy mayor of Sleaford elected - and a Leader of Town Council

Coun David Suiter. EMN-151012-101527001
Coun David Suiter. EMN-151012-101527001

Sleaford has a new Deputy Mayor.

A meeting of the full Town Council last night (Wednesday) elected Coun David Suiter to be the new Deputy Mayor/vice-chairman after the resignation of Mark Suffield due to work commitments.

Coun Grenville Jackson. EMN-151012-101516001

Coun Grenville Jackson. EMN-151012-101516001

There were no other nominations for the position and so he was elected unopposed.

Coun Suiter told The Standard: “I am delighted to have been selected by my fellow councillors. I hope I can do my best for the people of Sleaford and I am looking forward to the hard work that is involved.”

Coun Suiter has served continuously on the council for the Sleaford Navigation Ward for over 12 years.

The Independent councillor said he felt up to the task, as a non-driver he accepted there can be a lot of travelling involved for the civic engagements but felt it was most important to be available for people in Sleaford. He said: “I never thought the job was about whizzing around the county with a chain around my neck.”

He said it was about putting Sleaford first, although he knew of councillors who had covered the whole of the East Midlands in taxis and on public transport.

The council also elected a new Leader, Sleaford Independent Coun Grenville Jackson - also selected unopposed.

The role was dropped by the council for several years due to concerns over legal implications but members agreed to revisit it earlier this year after taking advice.

The Leader will be there to give guidance to the clerk in a supportive role, giving direction on the council’s priorities and policies, explained Coun Suiter.

Coun Suiter said the Leader will have no executive powers or authority: “A lot of the Leader’s role will be dealing with the clerk and reporting back to council on various matters,” he said. “Sometimes the clerk likes to know how councillors are looking to the future and sometimes that discussion can be very useful.”

○ It was also announced that Mrs Iris Evans, former Mayor of Sleaford from 1982-1983 had died on December 6, just short of her 96th birthday, in Roxholm Hall Nursing Home.