The Town Council is pleased to confirm the appointment of it’s new Town Clerk. The appointment of Ms Safia Kauser was confirmed at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 29th October 2015 with immediate effect. The Human Resources committee had undertaken a thorough recruitment process and had made their recommendation at their committee meeting on 18th September.
Ms Kauser has been with the Council since 2009 when she started out as an Admin Assistant and commenced her full time employment in 2011 dealing with the Councils finance and administration. Ms Kauser is a qualified Clerk who was appointed as the Councils Responsible Financial Officer in November 2014 and was mainly responsible for addressing the recommendations in the recent public interest report. Ms Kauser has been in the Acting Town Clerk position since July when the Council received the two resignations of the Town and Deputy Clerk. As the Chair of the interview panel and HR committee, Councillor Gary Pedley stated ‘We interviewed a number of candidates for the position of Town Clerk and Ms Kauser was far by far the experienced and competent candidate and for that reason we had no hesitation in recommeding her for the job’.
Keighley Town Mayor, Cllr Javaid Akhtar commented:
‘I am really pleased with the appointment of the new Clerk.Safia Kauser has been with the Council for several years and during that period she has proven to be an invaluable asset who has carried the Council through what has been it’s most difficult period. She is a forward thinking, dynamic individual who the people of Keighley can be confident of moving the Council forward in the right direction’
Ms Safia Kauser Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer commented, ‘I am delighted to have been given this challenging opportunity of leading one of the largest parish Councils in the country. I will be combing this role with my RFO duties and will ensure that the governance failings of the past are not repeated. The Council make up has changed considerably and I look forward to working with all members and staff’’
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