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Scarborough Welcomes New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Tom Fox Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough


Cllr Tom Fox was formally elected as Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough for the 2015/16 mayoral year last month at the annual Full Council meeting of Scarborough Borough Council.

The new Mayor took over from Cllr Pat Marsburg who has been the Mayor for the last 12 months.

Cllr Tom Fox, a ‘Scarborian’ by birth, is the son of an army Sergeant Major. He is married to Ros, who will be his Mayoress during the mayoral year. The couple has three daughters, Catherine, Rebecca and Deborah and enjoy spending time with their numerous grandchildren.

Their late son, Richard, was tragically killed 11 years ago after being punched at a party. Cpl Fox was a member of the Army Medical Corps at the time and had a promising career ahead of him.

Cllr Fox's early life was spent tracking his father to many interesting places in the world with his mother Grace and sister, Michelle. On leaving the army, his father settled the family back in Scarborough.

After his education, Cllr Fox joined the Durham Constabulary, first as a cadet and then as a 'bobby on the beat'. His police career saw him in a variety of roles including CID at many ranks, Drug Squad Detective Inspector, Detective Inspector and Chief Inspector.

His responsibilities throughout his career included bringing in to North Yorkshire Police the major murder and serious crime enquiry systems that all police forces now have, investigating allegations made against police officers, firearms teams and training, mounted and dog sections, task force and search teams as well as the underwater search team.

At the height of IRA terrorism on the British mainland, he spent much time engaged in military security issues and had pleasure on occasion to work with the Lord Lieutenant on Royal visits.

He retired from the police in 1999 after 33 years of service, finishing his career at the rank of Range 2 Superintendent (now known as Chief Superintendent).

Cllr Fox first stood for elections to North Yorkshire County Council in 2001 but failed to be elected. He was then elected to Scarborough Borough Council in 2003 becoming Leader of the Council in 2006, a role in which he served until this year’s local elections.

Cllr Fox's interests include running, walking and outdoor adventures with his grandchildren. He was involved with Scarborough Lifeboat Station for more than 20 years, including 12 years as a member of the lifeboat launching crew. On retirement, he received a citation from the RNLI for being involved in the saving of 14 lives from shipwreck and the RNLI silver badge for personal service, contribution to the service and fund raising.

The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Tom Fox said:

"It is an honour to have been elected as the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough. Together, Ros and I will work to uphold the traditions of this prestigious office and promote the borough in every way that we can. We look forward to meeting many remarkable people, people who give so much to and for others and through this, having a most interesting and exciting year and supporting many good causes."

At the same meeting, Cllr John Ritchie was elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough. Cllr Ritchie is married to Marilyn who will be his Deputy Mayoress for the year. They have two grown up children, Oliver and Harriet.

Cllr Ritchie served with the Royal Signals between 1974 and 1979, serving in Germany and Northern Ireland. 22 years of dedication to West Yorkshire Fire Service followed. He left the service in 2001 to study for a History and Politics degree followed by further studies in journalism. His academic achievements led to five years with The Scarborough News, during which time he rose to the role of Head of Content.

Cllr Ritchie was most recently elected to Scarborough Borough Council in 2011 and North Yorkshire County Council in 2013 although he served on both councils in previous years.

He is secretary of the Edgehill Community Association, Chairman of the 46th Scarborough Westborough Scout Group, a volunteer with the Scarborough Lifeboat Crew, Chairman of Diabetes UK Scarborough and a member of several other community organisations. He is Vice Chairman of Governors at Springhead School and Chairman of Governors at Childhaven Nursery School.

Outside of politics and his community work, John is a member of Scarborough Yacht Club and a Leeds United season ticket holder.

The Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr John Ritchie said:

"I am thrilled to have been elected by my peers to serve the borough as its Deputy Mayor. I look forward to supporting the Mayor in the year ahead and promoting our wonderful borough and its fantastic residents at every opportunity."

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