Bradley Stoke’s Town Clerk David Chandler, the man who started the Town Council out of boxes in the front room of his parents’ room in Filton, retired today after nearly 18 years in the role.
Mr Chandler’s period in office has seen the Council’s budget increase from £100,000 p.a. to almost £1 million and some £4.5 million worth of community facilities opened in the town.
Commenting on the development of the Town over the years in the latest Council newsletter, Mr Chandler wrote:
“Seeing the community develop and thrive has been very rewarding – there have been some quite special personal moments over the last 18 years.”
Formerly chief executive to the Incorporated Society of Musicians in London, Mr Chandler plans to devote much of his time in retirement to his music and also hopes to travel more often with his wife Karen.
Cllr Mark Forsyth, Town Mayor, said that Mr Chandler left with the best wishes of all councillors and staff, commenting:
“David has served the Council and the community with distinction, dedication and good humour.”
Mr Chandler started his last day with a studio interview at BBC Radio Bristol, in which recalled memorable moments from his time in office. Asked how he planned to spend his retirement, he replied:
“Music will take over now … I’m an organist and will be very active in that sphere.”
The search for a successor to Mr Chandler began in earnest in July last year, when the vacancy was first advertised on the website of the Society of Local Council Clerks. The first round of interviews failed to produce a suitable candidate, but further advertising and interviews eventually led to Sharon Petela, 48, of Marshfield (South Gloucestershire) being awarded the job.
Ms Petela is a qualified nurse and Nursing Home Deputy Matron and held the post of part time clerk to Marshfield Parish Council for the last 14 years.
Her first Full Council meeting will be on Wednesday 20th January, when a formal presentation will also be made to Mr Chandler. Members of the public are, as ever, welcome to attend.
Photo shows L to R: retiring Town Clerk David Chandler, Chair of BSTC Councillor Mark Forsyth and incoming Town Clerk Sharon Petela.
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