Cllr John Walker is Amber Valley’s mayor for the civic year 2019/2020.
He was appointed as mayor during the annual meeting of Amber Valley Borough Council on 22nd May 2019.
Cllr Walker was preceded as mayor by Cllr Angela Ward (councillor for the Heage and Ambergate ward) who was mayor in 2018/19.
Cllr Walker will be supported during his term in office by his wife Angela who will be mayoress.
John has lived in Amber Valley since 1978. He was first elected to Alfreton Town Council in 1991, and has been a member of the town council ever since.
He was first elected to Amber Valley Borough Council in 2002, and has been a borough council member ever since.
We asked John a few questions to find out more about the first citizen of Amber Valley…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in the village of South Normanton before moving to my current home town of Alfreton just over 40 years ago.
I left school at 15 and worked for the Co-op, firstly as a ‘van lad’ and then in the warehouse where I was a jack-of-all-trades!
I began work at Alfreton Urban District Council as a refuse collector in 1967, and then Amber Valley District Council (later Borough Council) in 1974.
Following an accident in 1993 I moved to the newly-formed recycling department and then became a borough inspector before retiring in 1998.
2. What are you most looking forward to in your term as mayor?
Meeting people, especially young children – that’s a great part of the role. My wife is also looking forward to a visit to the Palace!
3. Which local causes will you be supporting during your time as mayor?
That hasn’t been decided just yet.
[Editor’s note: stay tuned to So Derbyshire and we’ll bring you more details when they’re announced]
4. What is the best thing about your area?
People around here are survivors! We have lost the coal and knitwear industries but communities are very good at adapting.
5. What other roles have you and your family had in local government?
This is the second time I have been mayor of Amber Valley and I have also been mayor of Alfreton on five occasions.
My son Scott is the current leader of Alfreton Town Council and my younger son, Matthew, works for Derbyshire County Council in Ripley.