Honiton Town Council elects temporary chairman, vice-chairman

By Will Goddard

20th Jan 2022 | Local News

Honiton Town Council has elected a new temporary chairman and vice-chairman.

It comes after the former mayor resigned last week, along with five other councillors.

Councillor Serena Sexton was unanimously voted chairman, and Councillor Helen Hurford was elected vice-chairman by six votes to two at a meeting on Monday 17 January.

Councillor Sexton said during the meeting: "The very first thing I want to do is just to say thank you to my colleagues for having some faith in me."

After the meeting, she told Honiton Nub News: "[I will be chairman] until May when we have at the annual council meeting, and then we'll hopefully have a number of new councillors and it will be up for everyone's decision as to who then becomes the chairman and mayor.

"It wasn't unexpected ... because I took over the previous meeting ... when councillors walked out. I kind of got the impression from that that people perhaps thought I could do it.

"[I have been on the town council] only since May of last year, so just a few months."

Cllr Sexton also used to be a magistrate and remains a justice of the peace.

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