WHITCHURCH Town Council has announced the appointment of a new town clerk following the controversial departure of Peter Martin last year.
Mr Richard Thomas has been deputising in the role of temporary office manager ever since Mr Martin was suspended by the town council over reasons still to be made public in a matter believed to have cost a substantial amount in taxpayers' money.
Newport town clerk, Lee Spencer Jakeman was previously announced as the new clerk in November but opted to turn down the role with Whitchurch councillors revealing that former town council clerk for Congleton, Peter Cooper, is now set to undertake the position as a locum clerk for the next six months.
Whitchurch mayor, Cllr Peggy Mullock said: "The council is looking forward to working with Peter Cooper and to ensuring a smooth transition for the election of the new council in May.
"He brings to the post a wealth of experience in Local Government which will be of tremendous benefit to the town."
Said by the council to have "a wealth of government experience", Mr Cooper has also served as chief executive of Congleton Borough Council and will assist Whitchurch councillors in developing a strategic vision and Medium Term Financial Plan for the next four years as well as introducing new governance arrangements.
In addition to his role as office manager, Mr Cooper will be responsible for overseeing the induction of the newly elected members following the Local Government elections on May 2.
Meanwhile the Whitchurch Herald continues to pursue the truth over Mr Martin's departure and its cost to the town with the Information Commissioner's Office.