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Adam takes the reins to become the youngest town clerk in the country
THE youngest town clerk in the country will be in place at Knutsford Town Council this week.
Adam Keppel-Garner, at the age of 23, has taken on the reins as the town clerk after Steve McQuade decided to leave to take on the same post at the newly-formed Crewe Town Council.
Adam joined the council as deputy – in a joint role that combines the job of town centre manager – in September 2012.
The council’s personnel committee is to take ‘stock’ of the situation and Adam will take on the role for a period of at least four months before members decide what to do.
Steve checked with town clerks across the country, who confirmed Adam would be the youngest to take on the role but told the Guardian it would be business as usual for the council.
“We’ve got everything set up to carry on as normal and Steve has brought in some good things and set up a good foundation for the future,” said Adam.
“August is always a quiet month with no meetings so I’ve got things I’ve got to do.
“The main thing we have coming up though is the market transfer, which will be soon, and then we are also setting up a Youth Council (as featured in the Guardian two weeks ago).
“I’m quite good at handling the different roles and being busy, so I’ll manage.”
Steve, who left the council on Friday, joined Knutsford Town Council in September 2011 from Lichfield District Council and took over from Matthew Jackson, who moved to Wilmslow.
“It’s an exciting challenge of a new council in a larger population and it’s about building an organisation from a complete start,” he said.
“Opportunities like that are few and far between. I’ve really enjoyed the events like the Christmas markets and organising Remembrance parades and getting the marshalling right and making sure it was of a professional standard.
“We’ve gone some way into helping to modernise the council and bringing new ways of working in. We’ve got more use out of the town council offices and we are more of a welcoming organisation.
“The first Christmas market when I fell in the River Lily will be the main thing I remember as well as having a glass of wine when I was drying my trousers. I wish Adam all the best in the role.”
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