Role of the parish clerk

In simple terms the Parish Clerk runs the day to day operation of the Council. She is the first point of contact for most issues, though members of the public are welcome to contact one of the councillors for their ward.

Extract from the Parish Clerk’s Job Description

The Parish Clerk to the Council is ‘the Proper Officer’ of the Council and as such is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law. The Parish Clerk will be totally responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out. The Parish Clerk is expected to advise the Council on and assist in the formation of overall policies to be followed in respect of the Council’s activities and in particular to produce all the information required for making effective decisions and to implement constructively all decisions. The Parish Clerk will be accountable to the Council for the effective management of all its resources and will report to them as and when required. The Parish Clerk will be the Responsible Financial Officer responsible for all financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its finances for external statutory auditing within the allotted timescale with accounts available for public scrutiny.