A job well done, John

PUBLISHED: 12:58 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

A FORMER civic leader has paid tribute to town clerk John Spencer, who is leaving the post. Joanna Bull, who enjoyed three terms as Mayor of Honiton, described Mr Spencer as a charming gentleman, with a winning smile". Although no longer a member of Honi

A FORMER civic leader has paid tribute to town clerk John Spencer, who is leaving the post. Joanna Bull, who enjoyed three terms as Mayor of Honiton, described Mr Spencer as "a charming gentleman, with a winning smile". Although no longer a member of Honiton Town Council, Mrs Bull has had numerous dealings with Mr Spencer in her capacity as a member of a residents' association. Speaking to the Herald on Wednesday last week, Mrs Bull said: "I was dismayed when Mr Spencer told me he would be submitting his resignation to the mayor, Councillor Whitlock. "Having successfully obtained the required certificate on local council administration and putting a portfolio together to obtain quality parish status for Honiton Town Council, it is regrettable that he has decided to resign when opportunities for the town would benefit from his experience and steady hand on the tiller. "With the introduction of monthly meetings and extra committee meetings, the workload increased. "His updating of technology, setting up the website and impressive achievements in such inadequate office accommodation has resulted in detailed and immaculate minutes and information." Mrs Bull said, on the occasions she has needed clarification and helpful advice, Mr Spencer always reciprocated with the necessary information and that it was "always freely given". He was also willing to listen, which Mrs Bull described as "a rare gift". She added: "Mr Spencer has been a splendid representative of the town. "He is a charming gentleman with a winning smile, who is immaculate on all public occasions. "Congratulations on a job well done. I would like to wish Mr Spencer a well earned rest and a long, happy and healthy retirement.

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