Warm welcome for new clerk

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IT IS a New Year and a new start for David Blackburn, who has taken up the position of town clerk at Stowmarket Town Council.

Mr Blackburn had his first day in the office on January 4 and is already settling in and enjoying the role.

He said: “I had absolutely no hesitation in accepting the position when it was offered to me. I’m already enjoying the new role and looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“It will not be easy given the pressures upon public expenditure but I am confident that we can develop a town council here which will stand comparison with any other in the region.”

Mr Blackburn, 47, has more than 25 years of experience working in senior management and has held numerous high profile positions in local government.

He has worked overseas supervising elections on behalf of the UN and has, most recently, been working as principle officer for legal and democratic services at Peterborough City Council.

“This is a new challenge for me and one that I am very excited about. I am looking forward to meeting people and working with them on matters that affect their everyday quality of life,” he said.

“I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and ability of the staff here and the dedication of the councillors in seeking to improve the town and provide the best services possible,” he added.

He discovered the job by accident when searching for a holiday cottage in the area. “On this occasion a one week break has suddenly turned into a permanent move,” he said.

Mr Blackburn is relocating with his family from Leicestershire to Suffolk. Married to Jennie with three children, 12-year-old Tom, Alice, aged four, and Jessica, one, Mr Blackburn believes Stowmarket will provide a wonderful home for his family when they join him.

He said: “Living in temporary accommodation is obviously not ideal but once the family are settled I know that Stowmarket will be a great place for my young family to grow up.

“This is a part of the country that I really love and have visited on holiday several times.”