Long serving councillor and four-time mayor of Alfreton John walker has taken the reigns at Amber Valley Borough Council replacing former mayor Angela Ward.
Labour Councillor John Walker, originally from South Normanton, has lived in the region for over 40 years and has spent the vast majority of his time in local politics with Amber Valley Borough Council.
His tenure began in as a refuse collector for Alfreton Urban District Council from 1967 followed by him later joining Amber Valley Borough Council when it was first formed in 1974, he remained with them until his retirement in 1998.
Following retirement John became a borough councillor for the Alfreton in 2002 and served as mayor on four previous occasions in 1992/3, 1996/7, 2003/4 and 2013.
Upon being named new mayor of Amber Valley Borough Council Cllr Walker said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to accept this position”. He then thanked the Late Ron Bennett for persuading him to stand for council in the nineties and his wife who he described as ‘The best unpaid secretary anyone could possibly have’.
Former mayor and Tory Councillor Angela Ward emotionally thanked her constituents and colleagues for making her role so enjoyable she said: “It’s been a real honour to represent Amber Valley Borough Council and having the privilege to meet people and help enhance the lives of other, thank you all.”