Nominations have been announced for Gloucester’s new Mayor and for the new Sheriff of the city .

City Councillor Joanne Brown has been nominated to take over from Councillor Steve Morgan as the new mayor of Gloucester city.

While her fellow councillor Howard Hyman has been put forward for the position of sheriff following on from the current sheriff, Councillor Paul Toleman.

Councillor Brown has been a city councillor for Barnwood for two years where she has lived for 30 years.

The married mother of two has worked as a librarian in a number of sectors including schools and at a prison.

She has a variety of interests including wine-making, travelling and cycling and walking.

Councillor Brown says during her time living in the city she has ‘developed a keen appreciation of the city’s important place in all periods of history’.

“I have seen the wonderful work carried out by many volunteer groups and local charities and I want to provide as much support as possible in their efforts to help others.

“I want to promote all that is good about Gloucester, to celebrate our many diverse cultures, to promote local business and to support others who already do a wonderful job in promoting our fine history and wonderful buildings.”

Councillor Hyman who has been nominated for the role of Sheriff of Gloucester has been a city councillor for Elmbridge for almost two years.

He was previously a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney for 11 years and also spent two years as a member of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority.

He is a member of the Gloucestershire Gay and Lesbian Community Group, a volunteer for Amnesty and is interested in equality and diversity issues.

And he has previously worked in local government, the NHS and Transport for London.

“I would like to play my part in bringing people together and helping to highlight all the positive aspects of this great city. I would like to see more done to help those who feel neglected and see no real future for themselves.”

Councillors Brown and Hyman will be formally appointed to the respective roles at the Mayor-Making ceremony during the annual council meeting on Monday 21 May following a vote by councillors.

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