One of the public faces of Tendring District Council (TDC) is hanging up his notebook as he retires after almost 12 years at the authority.
Nigel Brown became communications manager at the Council in 2006, having previously been a reporter and deputy editor at the Clacton and Frinton Gazette.
During his time at TDC Nigel has become one of the most recognisable people, regularly appearing on TV and radio as a spokesman for the authority.
His highlights include co-ordinating media coverage of the Clacton Parliamentary by-election in 2014, which prompted international media attention, and a great job at promoting and reporting the Clacton Air Show over many years.
Nigel was also not afraid to get stuck in, spending almost two days at the Council’s rest centre when Jaywick was evacuated due to a flood warning, and also personally co-ordinated projects in different areas such as resolving an issue around Parkeston House, in Parkeston.
Ian Davidson, TDC chief executive, said: “Nigel has been a fantastic asset to Tendring District Council during his time here, to raise the profile of the authority and the District as a whole which has resulted in support from government and national organisations.
“His ‘get on and do it’ approach has meant Nigel is often found in the thick of things, rolling his sleeves up to make sure the Council does the best it can for its residents, as well as promoting the District to both those who live here and to encourage others to visit.
“Nigel will be very much missed at TDC. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Neil Stock, leader of the Council, added: “Nigel transformed the way we communicate as an organisation; he made us open and transparent.
“The incredible reputation that Tendring District Council now enjoys across Whitehall, Essex and with our own residents is in no small measure down to Nigel.”
Nigel now plans to enjoy more sports, more time with his family, and has some community projects lined up.