Warm praise for conscientious parish clerk
Michael retires after 16 years in role
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.