Shaftesbury’s new Town Clerk is well qualified to take over the reins
Shaftesbury resident Claire Commons joined the Town Council in 2008 and has been interim Deputy Town Clerk since September. A fully qualified Town Clerk, Claire never sits still, and is already furthering her experience working with Clerks from across the country on a course of study in Community Governance. With Claire in this pivotal role, the Town Council will also retain its General Power of Competence.
The appointment was confirmed at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 7th March, to take immediate effect. The appointment was warmly greeted by all council members.
Upon her appointment, Claire said she said was looking forward to working with town councillors over the coming years to help realise the visions of a Five Year Strategic Plan, currently being developed.
“I visited Shaftesbury on a crisp September morning 24 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the town. I am determined to embrace this time of change at the council with the opportunities that devolution of services and assets from the reorganisation of the other tiers of local authority in Dorset will bring and I look forward to helping improve and develop these facilities for the town,” she said.
One of my aims will be helping to define the role of the town council, so that all of Shaftesbury know what the council does and how it is now working as a transparent, values-based local authority the town can trust and be proud of.
I am particularly looking forward to working with the councillors to develop greater community engagement and effective consultations.”
Mayor of Shaftesbury, Cllr. John Lewer, said Claire is a perfect example of what a modern, well qualified and visionary Town Clerk should be. The fact that she is homegrown is an enormous benefit.
“Claire has been with the Council for several years and during that period she has proven to be an invaluable asset who has carried the Council through what has been its most difficult period. She is a forward thinking, dynamic individual, who the people of Shaftesbury can be confident of moving the Council in the right direction.
Claire and her team of dedicated staff have our full respect and support. By all pulling together we are going to make Shaftesbury an even better place to live, work and visit.”
Claire is already well known in the town, having raised her family here for the last 18 years. A mum of four and previously a clerk to the governors at Shaftesbury Primary school, she has been heavily involved in school and youth activities. Claire is also a popular Rainbows Leader.