Mayor says Haverhill clerk’s departure is ‘great loss’ to the town

Haverhill mayor Roger Andr�
Haverhill mayor Roger Andr�

Haverhill mayor Roger André has described the resignation of town clerk Will Austin as a ‘great loss’ to the town.

Mr Austin resigned yesterday (Tuesday, January 21) having started in the role in April 2011, when he replaced Gordon Mussett.

He will stay in the post until March, and said he was leaving for ‘personal reasons’.

Cllr André said: “The resignation of Will Austin will be a great loss to the town.

“Will joined us with a wealth of local government experience and quickly adapted to his role.

“He has become a prominent force in the local community and has robustly defended the interests of our community.

“He proved to be professional, courteous and approachable and committed himself to the town council without reservation.

“His efforts on the Neighbourhood Community Budget, and his detailed work on other community issues, reveal his thorough and sensitive approach to mammoth challenges.

“I shall miss Will as a dedicated, valued clerk to the town council and as a staunch adviser and friend during challenging times.

“Our town and community will be poorer for his departure but has been hugely enriched by his service with us.

“The town council will agree a timetable for recruiting our next town clerk and will consider arrangements for substitution during the intervening period.”

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