City Council Staff

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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:

RCC Organisational Chart


Paula Benson – Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

The Clerk to the Council and Responsible Finance Officer is Paula Benson.

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.

She is responsible for ensuring the instructions of the Council in connection with its functions as a Local Authority are carried out.


Rebecca Perrin – Administrator

Rebecca looks after Hugh Ripley Hall amongst other things, any enquiries about booking the hall should be directed to Rebecca.

Rebecca is also the point of contact for Mayoral matters.


Mr Geoffrey Johnson – Bellman & Mayor’s Sergeant

The Hornblowers of Ripon

The nightly tradition of setting the watch at 9pm on the Market Square continues with this duty covered by the members of the Hornblowing Team:

Mrs Allison Clark

Mr Richard Midgley

Mr Wayne Cobbett

Mr Patricio Maglio