Two candidates in final battle to become Marlborough’s new town clerk
Last night’s meeting of Marlborough town council (Monday), which was due to appoint a new town clerk, was dramatically cancelled – and postponed for a week.
This was because two positive candidates have emerged from a short list of six to fill the council’s top post and Staff Committee chairman Councillor Edwina Fogg is asking for them to be interviewed for a second time.
So she called for the council’s delegated powers, which were revamped last year, to be used to cancel last night’s meeting, though it meant that all councillors were expected to attend, despite claiming their presence is a waste of time.
It was then to the mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson, to announce the postponement of the meeting, which was agreed without a vote being taken.
“I am totally happy that we will have followed the correct procedure,” Mrs Fogg told Marlborough News Online. “We will now give the two impressive candidates we have chosen a second interview on Friday.”
“We have invited other members of the council to help with the second interviews of the two front runners because the question of whom we choose is so finely balanced.”
“But those additional councillors will not be able to vote on the candidate the Staff Committee will finally recommend to be appointed.”
She also insists that the names of the two short-listed candidates must remain “totally confidential” until next week’s council meeting, pointing out that any leaks of information will not be tolerated.
“And it is only a full meeting of the town council that can appoint a new town clerk as a senior legal officer, nobody else,” she pointed out.
The appointment of a new town clerk follows the resignation in November of 54-year-old Liam Costello (pictured), who had been Marlborough’s town clerk for the past two years.
He left at the end of the year and has now taken up a similar post in a town just 12 miles away from his home in Wootton, Northampton.