Council’s civic officer earns national award

Published: Tue 14th March, 2023

  • Council's civic officer, Carol Hardy with her award
    Council's civic officer, Carol Hardy with the highly commended award

Charnwood Borough Council’s civic officer, Carol Hardy has been awarded a highly commended award at this year’s Civic Office of the year awards.

The awards, organised by the National Association of Civic Officers was attended by Carol and democratic services manager, Karen Widdowson.

The awards recognise civic officers across the country who show a commitment to their role all year round.

The Mayor of Charnwood, Jennifer Tillotson, said: “I would like to congratulate Carol on getting this award.

“It is greatly deserved for all of her hard work and planning which goes into the role.

“The role of the Mayor is to represent the borough on a local, regional and national level and a large part of being the Mayor is to go out in our local communities to recognise some of the fantastic work being carried out by residents and organisations. As Mayor, I enjoy being able to recognise local achievements.

“It is also about being able to represent the borough at important occasions such as Remembrance Sunday.

“The Mayor could not carry out these duties without a committed and dedicated civic officer.”

The civic officer supports the Mayor of Charnwood during their year of office including planning diaries, assisting with planning events such as the Remembrance Parade, and accompanying the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to events.

Carol has been a civic officer at the Council for 27 years and has worked at the Council for 38 years.

Carol said: “It’s always nice to be recognised for the work you are doing and it is particularly pleasing to receive this highly commended award from the National Association of Civic Officers.

“I thoroughly enjoy supporting the Mayor throughout the year in their duties as the borough’s first citizen.”