New Uckfield Town Clerk to be appointed on March 1

Interviews for the post of Uckfield Town Clerk will take place on February 29 and March 1, writes Paul Watson.

The post fell vacant following the resignation of Ashley Serpis.

Ashley Serpis

Ashley Serpis

The town council recruitment panel will include at least:

  • The Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood
  • Chairman of General Purposes Committee, Cllr Ian Smith
  • Chairman of Environment and Leisure Committee, Cllr Mick Dean
  • Chairman of Personnel Sub Committee, Cllr Helen Firth
  • Chairman of Finance Committee, Cllr Paul Sparks
  • Chairman of the Plans Committee, Cllr James Anderson

The council is to seek further advice in regard to composition of the panel and the inclusion of other councillors.

Trevor Leggo of the Sussex Association of Local Councils will be asked to support the panel through the process, as will and as not yet named former town clerk from Sussex.

On February 29, the applicants will make a presentation followed by questions.

At the conclusion of the day, the panel will draw up a shortlist.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the morning of March 1.

All councillors will be invited to lunch with the final shortlist applicants.

Councillors not on the panel will then give their views to the panel which will make its decision during the afternoon.

The post of town clerk became vacant after Ashley Serpis stepped down at Christmas, having notified the council of his decision at the beginning of October.

*As a noon yesterday (January 18) there had been 71 inquiries about the job with two actual applicants.

The council was told at a meeting of the general purposes committee that it could expect two-thirds of those asking for information packs to make a formal application.

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See also:

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