Hathersage and Eyam ward member Councillor Jean Monks is Derbyshire Dales District Council’s civic leader in the coming year.
A district councillor since 2011, she succeeds Councillor Steve Flitter as Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, and will represent the district at well over 50 engagements in the county in 2018/19.
And Councillor Monks, who accepted the civic post at the District Council’s annual meeting on Thursday (24 May), told fellow councillors she would endeavour to be a worthy ambassador and representative of the Dales.
Chairman of the council’s Licensing & Appeals Committee, former teacher Councillor Monks has also pledged to raise funds for two charities during her year in office: the Community Bus Service and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
She will also be continuing with the Community Service Awards resurrected by Councillor Flitter in 2017/18.
Councillor Monks, pictured above with husband David, told the annual meeting:
“The Revd Canon Carol Coslett, Archdeacon of Chesterfield, commented at Councillor Flitter’s recent civic service that we’re all here to serve the community. We may approach this in different ways, but essentially that is why we become councillors.
“Thinking about the importance of those who help others in our community, I’d like to continue with the Community Service Awards. Those who received awards have been surprised and most appreciative that there has been a recognition of their contribution.”
Praising her predecessor’s fundraising efforts, Councillor Monks added:
“Councillor Flitter with his wife Ann raised enormous amounts for the Air Ambulance Service and attended over 70 events plus 17 Community Award presentations – a wonderful record.”
Proposing Cllr Monks’ appointment, Councillor Sir Richard FitzHerbert said:
“I know she will represent the district with vigour, verve and enthusiasm in the coming year.”
Norbury ward member Councillor Tony Morley was appointed Deputy Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales.
Other appointments for 2018/19 included Councillor Albert Catt as chairman of the new Commercial Board, Councillor Jacquie Stevens continuing as chairman of the District Council’s Governance & Resources policy committee, and Councillor Jo Wild as Chairman of the Community & Environment policy committee. The Planning Committee will continue to be chaired by Councillor Garry Purdy.