Cllr Gordon Simmons is Chesterfield’s mayor for the civic year 2019/2020.
He was appointed as mayor on Wednesday 15th May at Chesterfield Borough Council’s annual council meeting.
Cllr Simmons was preceded as mayor by Cllr Stuart Britain, who was mayor in 2018/19.
Cllr Simmons will be supported during his term in office by Cllr Kate Caulfield will be mayoress, and his wife Jenny.
Gordon was born in Chesterfield and has lived here all his life.
He was first elected as a councillor for the Dunston ward in 1999.
We asked Gordon a few questions to find out more about the first citizen of Chesterfield…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Chesterfield and went to the Harry Cropper School (now a GP surgery) on Ashgate Road. I left school at Christmas 1960 and tried a number of different jobs before beginning work at Robinsons, where I met my wife of 49 years, Jenny.
I value the support she has given me throughout these years.
I was first elected as a councillor for Dunston ward in 1999. I have lived in Dunston for 42 years.
My hobbies include gardening and music of all genres.
My favourite band is The Rolling Stones – I met them at a concert in Roundhay Park in the 1980s.
Jenny and I enjoy visiting the Derbyshire countryside and the east coast, although a favourite holiday destination is Torquay.
As chair of Age Concern, I support their work actively. My love of gardening is reflected in my involvement in Chesterfield in Bloom.
I am also a trustee of Uncle Billy’s Children’s Fund which provides an annual outing for children and parents in the Whittington Moor and Dunston areas.
2. What are you most looking forward to in your term as mayor?
I am looking forward to a busy year meeting as many people and visiting as many schools as possible during my term of office.
3. Which local causes will you be supporting during your time as mayor?
I am chair of the Chesterfield branch of Age Concern and this is the charity I am supporting during my time as mayor.
4. What is the best thing about your area?
The best thing about Chesterfield is its forward looking vision and how the town keeps up with the times, and also it has a certain ability to influence new employment and business to the area.
5. Could you tell us a little about your preparation for the role?
When I was preparing and training to become mayor, there was actually no certainty at all that it would happen due to the local elections this year, and it was very unusual to prepare for the role as mayor when it was a possibility I might not be taking up the mayoral office.