New Mayor for Merton

Councillor Krystal Miller was officially elected as the 49th Mayor of Merton for 2013/2014 at last night’s annual council meeting.

Following Councillor David Williams’ year as Mayor, Councillor Miller has been appointed as the First Citizen of the Borough after being a councillor on Trinity ward for seven years. The Mayor’s appointed charities for her tenure are Home Start Merton and the Polka Theatre for Children.

The Deputy Mayor for 2013/2014 is Councillor John Sargeant from Merton Park Ward.

The new Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller said: “I am extremely proud to have been elected as the Mayor of Merton and excited about the year ahead. I will place a strong emphasis on volunteering and improving the lives of young people during my time as Mayor. I also want to support Merton’s charities and businesses by promoting the best of what we have to offer here in Merton. I and my councillor colleagues are all deeply grateful for the excellent work the former Mayor, Councillor David Williams, carried out on behalf of all the borough’s residents.”

The Annual Council meeting also recognised the work completed by Councillor David Williams during his year in office, including over £55,000 he raised for charity which has already bought the Wimbledon Guild new transport for their activities. Councillor Williams was also commended for establishing the Mayor of Merton Charitable Trust and the Mayoral pin-badge as well as helping to revive the Merton Civic Awards, in partnership with the Wimbledon Guardian.

The former Mayor, Councillor David Williams said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my time as Mayor and was honoured to represent Merton throughout a very exciting year for the borough. I am particularly proud to have raised a large sum of money for charity, principally for the Wimbledon Guild and to have met many great people through my Mayoralty. I express my best wishes to Councillor Krystal Miller as Merton’s new Mayor. I wish her a Mayoralty as enjoyable and successful as mine, and know she will have a rewarding year in our borough.”