Cllr Robert Yardley
Cllr Robert Yardley

The new civic team at Lichfield City Council have been confirmed.

Cllr Robert Yardley will be the new mayor, while Cllr Jamie Checkland will be his deputy. i

Cllr Yardley said:

“I would like to thank my fellow councillors for their support – it is a great honour and privilege to be elected.”

Cllr Robert Yardley, Lichfield City Council

Peter Hitchman was also named the new sheriff of Lichfield.

During their year in office the Mayor and Sheriff will jointly host five events to raise money for their nominated charities, We Love Lichfield and Friends to Friends. 

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  1. I don’t know what the criteria is for electing a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Sheriff etc but I would have thought that experience as a councillor was top of the list and at the very least made some contribution to improving the lives of city residents. Jamie Checkland clearly has no real experience having only been elected for the first time in 2019 and his reasons for wanting to become a councillor were dubious given his position on the Board of Friary Grange school and the campaign by him and an Academy Trust to close down Friary Grange swimming pool and secure it for the sole use of the school. Fair enough he eventually resigned from the Board but he’d already shown his hand, clearly thinking he could influence political decisions from within. And now after just 2 years he is to be our city’s Deputy Mayor and no doubt will eventually become Mayor.

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