A NEW recruit has touched down to land the job of Saddleworth Parish Council clerk.
Sharon Hibbert, a former local government officer, has been appointed to succeed Pam Bailey who has stepped down after five years’ service.Mrs Hibbert, who previously lived in Greenfield, was employed by Oldham Council for 21 years, latterly in the markets section.
More recently she was cabin crew with Thomas Cook until the company went bust last year.
Based at Uppermill Civic Centre, Sharon, who now lives in Carrbrook with her husband and pet Labradors, told the Independent: “I am not a complete newbie having worked for Oldham for a long time.
“But I am a newbie working for Parish Councils. However, I am sure my administrative background will be of benefit,
After flying for three years and then being made redundant by Thomas Cook, I wanted to get back into the swing of things.
“I am still finding my feet but I am looking forward to the job.”
Sharon is only the Parish Council’s third clerk in the last 13 years. In 2015, Saddleworth-born Pam, a chartered accountant, replaced Tony Marlor who had held the post for eight years.
Parish Council chair, councillor Jamie Curley said: “Everyone who was interviewed for the position had a great background and an understanding and real passion for Saddleworth and wanted to work with the community.
“But Sharon was an exceptional candidate who had previous Local Government experience and an appreciation of working with councillors, the public and council officers.
“She knows Saddleworth well and will be a great asset.
“Pam will be a hard act to follow but I am sure Sharon will fit right in with the team and quickly be a key person in the running of the Council.
“Everyone has welcomed her appointment and I know all the councillors are looking forward to working with her.”
On Pam’s retirement, Cllr Curley added: “Pam has been a great success in her leadership of the team and her management of the council.
“I and all the councillors wish to give her our deepest gratitude for all she has done for the Parish Council. She will be very much missed.
“We wish her well as she moves on and thank her for all her hard work.”