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Bexley Council pick new mayor

PUBLISHED: 13:57 23 May 2013

New Bexley mayor Cllr Sharon Massey

New Bexley mayor Cllr Sharon Massey

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Bexley Council has named Cllr Sharon Massey as its 50th mayor since it became a London borough.

She represents Danson Park ward and has lived in Bexley since she was five, first becoming a councillor in 1998.

Cllr Massey, who was chosen as the successor to Cllr Alan Downing at a full council meeting last night, said: “When a resident calls you and they are simply at the end of their tether, I have a duty to do my best for them. That might include simply listening as a sounding board, but often I am able to signpost or guide them in the direction to resolve their concern or issue.

“I am very much looking forward to getting out into our community in Bexley and meeting everyone. I feel excited, thrilled, flattered and privileged to receive this honour.”

The new mayor has two children, Elizabeth and Victoria, with her husband Cllr Don Massey, and worked in the city before retaining as a teacher in 2011.

The 46-year-old, who is the sister of Dartford MP Gareth Johnson, has appointed Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis as her deputy mayor and Rev Ann Uphill, vicar at All Saints Foots Cray and St James North Cray, as her chaplain.

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