Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council held its annual meeting at the Trinity Centre yesterday (15th May), its first full meeting since the local elections earlier this month.
During the meeting the Council, now made up of 21 Conservative and 3 Labour members, appointed its Mayor for the next twelve months. Following in the footsteps of fellow Conservatives David Pears and Charlotte Hodivala, Councillor Derrick Griffin was appointed to the role following a unanimous vote.
A popular choice, Councillor Griffin (Con Walmley and Minworth) has served on the Town Council since its inception in 2016 and was deputy Mayor in 2017/18.
Derrick moved from Walsall to Walmley with his late wife Jeanette in 1978. He has two daughters bot of which attended Walmley Infant and Junior Schools and completed their education at John Wilmott School. His career took him overseas including serving for six years in the Royal Military Police in Kenya during the Emergency or Mau Mau Uprising, which has been described as ‘…one of the British Army’s bloodiest post-war conflicts.’
Derrick is an active volunteer within the community having served for a number of years as the Chairman of the Parent Teachers Association at Walmley School. For the past 24 years he has been the Secretary and Treasurer to the Birmingham Branch of the Royal British Legion and is passionate about the help it provides to service men and women.
“My first task as Mayor is to pay tribute to the outgoing Mayor, Cllr David Pears, for his hard work over the last twelve months. As a new Council we need to establish our traditions and I look forward to working with our officers to build on the excellent work of our two previous Mayors.
“I am proud of what the Town Council has achieved in our first two years and am confident we can do a great deal more. I look forward to working with all the elected members and officers over the next twelve months. I hope to meet many of our residents and support many local charities and organisations. Above all I promise to serve the whole community of Sutton Coldfield to the very best of my abilities.”
The Mayor’s first engagement will be a Civic Service held in Holy Trinity CE Church at 10.00am on Sunday 20th May when all are welcome to attend.
Keep up to date with the work of the Mayor by following the Sutton Coldfield Mayor Twitter account @Mayor_RoyalSC
Councillors also elected Cllr David Allan (Con Sutton Trinity) as Deputy Mayor. Cllr Simon Ward (Con Sutton Four Oaks) keeps his position as Council Leader after being re-elected to the role.