Watford’s elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill attended her final full council meeting last night (13 March), as she prepares to step down in May after 16 years in office.
To mark the occasion, Cllrs Peter Taylor and Nigel Bell opened the meeting with speeches reflecting on the Mayor’s long and dedicated service to Watford.
Cllr Peter Taylor, Deputy Mayor, said: “Since 2002 Dorothy has served as Watford’s elected Mayor – the first female and one of only four women mayors today. Even Dorothy’s critics, by and large, recognise the dramatic improvements to the town over the last 16 years. Better parks, excellent leisure services, improvements to the town centre, community events and a well-run town hall. These things haven’t happened by chance.
“So, on behalf of the Liberal Democrat group of councillors, both past and present, and on behalf of your many supporters in the town, thank you for your years of service. There is no doubt that whoever is this town’s next Mayor will have a very tough act to follow.”
Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: “It has been a privilege and an honour to serve Watford for the last 26 years - as elected Mayor and as a ward councillor before that. I really do believe in the importance and power of local government, which has such an impact on our everyday lives. Throughout my time as Mayor and as a councillor I’ve always put Watford at the heart of the decisions I’ve made.”
Cllrs and council officers presented Dorothy with flowers before starting her 97th – and final – full council meeting as elected Mayor.