Chesterfield Borough Council is paying tribute to Alderman Jim McManus, who died this morning.
Jim was a member of the council for 28 years. He was first elected in 1987 and retired at the recent elections held in May.
He served as the borough’s mayor in 2001 to 2002 and was the council’s executive member for housing from 2011 until earlier this year.
During this time, all of the council’s housing reached the Decent Homes standard for the first time and work began on building the new purpose-built Parkside older persons’ accommodation on Stand Road.
Jim was created an Honorary Alderman in a special ceremony last month.
Councillor John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, said: "It is with great sadness that I heard of Alderman Jim McManus’s passing.
"Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Carol, his wife and the family.
"I have personally lost a true friend and colleague – his advice and guidance on complex local government issues will be greatly missed by me and all his colleagues."
Arrangements for Jim's funeral will be announced in due course.