Haverhill’s town clerk Will Austin has said his fond farewells after leaving the post.
Mr Austin, who took over the role from Gordon Mussett in 2011, celebrated his tenure with friends and colleagues in a surprise leaving do at the arts centre yesterday (Thursday, March 13).
He has now returned to his Devon home to be closer to his children as Barnstaple town clerk, a role he begins on Monday (March 17).
Town mayor Roger André said: “Will has been magnificent, and we’re terribly sorry to be losing him but appreciate the circumstances and hope we find someone just as good.
“I have invented a new word – Austintacious – as Will persistently grabs issues on goes with them despite all the odds.”
Mr Austin said: “I never felt this sense of achievement in 20 years of work in big government – let’s have a unitary Haverhill.
“After I moved into Haverhill I have not regretted it for a moment. I love this town and have so enjoyed living here as it has so much going for it, and despite all the things it needs it’s a wonderful place to be.
“All of you have given me the inspiration to shout on Haverhill’s behalf and I’m sorry that I won’t be here anymore.”
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