City Council Staff
The Clerk’s office is currently staffed by the Clerk and a part-time administrator. The office is usually open to the public on Thursdays.
An organisational chart can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Paula Benson – Chief Officer
The Chief Officer is Paula Benson.
Paula is responsible for advising the council on all matters and is the Council’s Responsible Finance Officer.
She is responsible for ensuring the instructions of the Council in connection with its functions as a Local Authority are carried out.
Paula is a Fellow of the Society of Local Council Clerks and holds one of the sector specific qualifications listed in the Localism Act 2011.
Rebecca Perrin – Deputy Clerk and Finance Officer
Josh Ventress – Assisstant Clerk
Mr Geoffrey Johnson – Bellman
Mr Jonathan Owens – Serjeant at Mace
Mr David Coates – Mayor’s Serjeant
The Hornblowing Team
The Council ensures that the nightly tradition of setting the watch at 9pm on the Market Square continues by employing a team of Hornblowers who share the nightly duty.