Councillor Alexis Diouf became Chesterfield’s 374th mayor at a ceremony at the Town Hall, Rose Hill yesterday evening.
Councillor Diouf has lived in Chesterfield since 1980, he was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa.
He was elected as Liberal Democrat councillor for Walton ward in 2003.
Born in 1955, he recently retired as social services manager in Derbyshire County Council’s adult social services department.
He has also worked as a social worker at Walton Hospital, for the United Nations in Mali and for the charity, World Vision in Senegal.
Councillor Diouf is a founder member of the Chesterfield African Caribbean Community Association and served on the YMCA board.
He was also chair of Christian Action in Chesterfield, which runs a winter night shelter until January this year.
Councillor Diouf said: “I am honoured to become mayor of Chesterfield - I have lived in the borough for over 30 years and look upon it as my home, although Senegal will always be close to my heart.
“We are very much looking forward to meeting residents of the borough in the course of our mayoral duties.”
Councillor Diouf’s wife, Vickey-Anne, will serve as mayoress.
Mrs Diouf was born in Chesterfield and works as a primary school teacher.
Both are committed Christians, attending Walton Evangelical Church.
Mayor and Mrs Diouf will support three charities during their year of office: British Heart Foundation, Rooftop - a charity funding the Chesterfield Churches Action Winter Shelter and the Friends of Baback in Chesterfield – a small charity sponsoring children from the primary school the mayor attended in Senegal. It also sends educational and medical equipment to village schools and dispensaries in Senegal.
Fellow Liberal Democrat, Councillor Denise Hawksworth will serve as deputy mayor for the coming year with Mr Tony Rogers as her consort.
Councillor Diouf replaces Councillor Paul Christopher Stone, independent councillor for the Barrow Hill and New Whittington ward, who has served as mayor for the past 12 months, with Mrs Barbara Wallace as his mayoress.