Truro City Council appoints Interim Town Clerk

11 March 2024

Truro City Council has appointed an Interim Town Clerk to provide additional support for the authority whilst recruitment for a new permanent appointment is carried out.

The City Council has been without a permanent Town Clerk for several months, with the role being covered by other members of the senior management team.

The process of recruiting a new permanent Town Clerk has begun. However, as this is expected to take up to six months to complete, councillors have unanimously approved plans for a temporary secondment to cover the role of Town Clerk during this period.

Truro’s Interim Town Clerk will be David Rodda MBE who has over 20 years’ experience of economic development, grant delivery and town regeneration in Cornwall.  Most recently he has been Economic Growth Manager for Cornwall Council.

Announcing details of the secondment, Truro Mayor Cllr Carol Swain said that Mr Rodda would bring a range of experience that would be extremely helpful in helping the Council to move forward on a number of urgent tasks and projects which it needs to undertake in the coming months.

“During the past few months we have been managing the operation of the Council with a depleted senior management structure.  Although the team have worked extremely hard to ensure that we have been able to continue to provide services to our local community, it would be both unfair and unreasonable to expect them to continue to cover the role of the Town Clerk for a further six months.”

The secondment means that Richard Budge, who has been the Council’s Acting Proper Officer during the Town Clerk’s absence, will return to his role as the Council’s Head of Parks, Amenities & Facilities. The new Deputy Town Clerk Esther Grieg, who joined the Council on Monday, 4 March, has already assumed the role of Responsible Financial Officer in addition to her other responsibilities.

“We would like to formally thank Richard Budge and our Finance Officer Joanne Trevelyan for their hard work and commitment in holding the fort during the last few months, together with the various other people who have come in to help us when needed said Carol Swain.

“During the next few days, we will be working with David, Esther, Richard and other members of the management team to clarify individual roles and responsibilities so that we can make progress on key projects and continue to ensure that we deliver services locally to meet the needs and aspirations of the community

Commenting on his secondment, David Rodda, who will officially join the Council on Monday, 11 March, said “I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with the team at Truro City Council to deliver their ambitious plans for the city. I am confident that my background in economic policy, grant delivery and strategic development will stand me in good stead for the challenges and opportunities ahead.”


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