Warm praise for con­sci­en­tious parish clerk

Michael re­tires af­ter 16 years in role

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

COUN­CIL­LORS have said their thanks to a parish coun­cil clerk who re­tires this month af­ter 16 years in the role.

Michael McMa­hon will step down from his post as clerk to Chal­font St Giles Parish Coun­cil and will be re­placed by He­len Grif­fiths.

He has been lauded for his fi­nan­cial ac­count­ing skills, with coun­cil­lors say­ing it was a priv­i­lege to work with such a con­sci­en­tious man.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Gor­don Pa­trick said: “On be­half of Chal­font St Giles Parish Coun­cil I would like to con­vey our thanks and our very best wishes to Michael McMa­hon on his re­tire­ment this month.

“Michael has been our very knowl­edge­able clerk for some six­teen years, his fi­nan­cial man­age­ment through his pre­vi­ous bank­ing ca­reer has been a tremen­dous as­set in set­ting bud­gets and parish pre­cepts, thus en­abling the parish coun­cil to main­tain con­trol in min­i­mum tax in­creases.

“It has been a priv­i­lege for us all to have worked with Michael and once again we wish him and his wife ev­ery hap­pi­ness in the fu­ture.”

Coun­cil­lor Mary Philips said: “We are all go­ing to miss Michael be­cause he was so con­sci­en­tious and so able.

“He had an amaz­ing abil­ity to han­dle fig­ures, which in this job you do need as you are man­ag­ing public fi­nances, and he al­ways put him­self out for the good of the vil­lage.

“The parish coun­cil are re­ally grate­ful to him for ex­tend­ing his pe­riod of no­tice. He was go­ing to re­tire in July, but ex­tended his pe­riod of no­tice in or­der to train our new clerk who has ben­e­fit­ted from all of the ac­quired knowl­edge that Michael had.”

She added: “It’s only now we have had to re­cruit a new clerk that you re­alise all of the things that Michael used to do.”

She added the coun­cil was also ex­tremely grate­ful to his wife as well for her sup­port.

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