Councillor Jean Crossby has been appointed the new Mayor of Sutton at the full council meeting at Europa Gallery, Sutton Central Library, on Monday 22 May.

She has lived in the borough for 45 years. Councillor Crossby has been married to Bob, for 40 years and between them they have seven children, seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She has represented residents of St Helier ward since 2014.

At the ceremony Mayor Cllr Jean Crossby said:

“It is a great honour to be elected to this office and I am humbled you have bestowed this honour upon me. I will do my utmost to promote the borough and thank my predecessor, Cllr Richard Clifton and his deputies.

“We have so many kind and generous people in the borough that are prepared to give their time for others. Please take part in my fundraising events throughout the year to support my two charities, Sutton Carers Centre and Sutton Women’s Centre.”

The Mayor’s two charities for the coming year are Sutton Carers Centre and Sutton Women’s Centre. Cllr Crossby called on councillors and those present to join the Mayor’s charity events this coming year to support these organisations.

In proposing Cllr Crossby for Mayor, Cllr Jayne McCoy, chair of Housing, Economy and Business Committee said:

“I know that Jean will be a Mayor for all the community, a true people’s mayor, so it is a great honour to formally propose Cllr Jean Crossby for Mayor of Sutton.”

Cllr Crossby thanked the former Mayor, Cllr Richard Clifton, the Mayoress, Gloria Clifton, his chaplain the Rev. Justine Middlemiss, and Deputy Mayors Cllr Nali Patel and Cllr Steve Cook, for their excellent work over the past year.

During his year as Mayor, Cllr Richard Clifton raised over £26,000 for his two chosen charities, Alzheimer’s Society and Shopmobility.

In his final speech as Mayor, Cllr Clifton told councillors and borough residents present that it had been a great honour to represent Sutton for the past year.

Cllr Richard Clifton said:

“This last year has passed in the blink of an eye. I want to thank those many people who have helped raise so much money for charities this year.”