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Everything is changing at Bradford on Avon City Council

Everything is changing at the top of Bradford on Avon City Council as its 23-year-old Town Clerk retires.

Sandra Bartlett has been on city council since 1999 and says goodbye as she retires after more than two decades of dedicated service.

She is replaced by her director of operations Ian Brown, who has been appointed to the new position of chief executive and town clerk, following a comprehensive recruitment process

The council said Ms Bartlett had worked tirelessly to make Bradford on Avon the town it is today.

His leadership was instrumental in securing the local council’s award scheme gold quality for the council, bringing back the tourist information centre, overseeing the transfer of assets from Wiltshire council, rescuing the youth and community center and the closing public toilets, and the renovation of the Sainte-Marguerite room.

She also led the charge in bringing the hugely popular Bradford back to the Avon Flower & Produce Show with the help of her father.

Ms Bartlett said: “The City Council has grown so much since I started, and it has been a pleasure to see its journey.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues and I hope they learned something from me, as I learned so much from them.

“I’ve always been proud of how the city council has worked with community groups to achieve the best for the city. »

Since joining the City Council in 2018, Mr Brown has worked alongside Sandra on key projects.

He had a long career in local government, both at district and unit council level.

Mr Brown said: “I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a forward-thinking City Council.

“I hope to follow in Sandra’s illustrious footsteps and continue to grow the city council by supporting the city.”

The town’s mayor, Cllr Katie Vigar, said: “Sandra has guided several generations of councilors in their work and has overseen many projects that lastingly benefit the town.

“She has been a calm and popular presence, effectively building teams involving staff, councilors and residents, and will be greatly missed.

“We welcome Ian Brown to this important role at a time when the board has taken on more assets and has key projects to move forward.”

The council is now announcing an assistant town clerk with a salary range of £37,568 to £40,578 (salary pending).