By Christian Barnett – Local Democracy Reporter
Two long-serving former city councillors could become honorary alderman if plans are accepted.
Former councillors Geoff Williams and Liz Smith – who completed more than 40 years of service between them – would be awarded the title if a plan is approved before a full meeting of Worcester City Council tonight.
The title of honorary alderman is awarded to people who have, in the opinion of the city council, made an outstanding contribution to public service.
Mr Williams was first elected as Labour councillor in 1999 to represent the former Holy Trinity ward before representing Gorse Hill.
He retired in May 2018 after 19 years as a councillor.
During his time as a councillor Mr Williams spent several years as chairman of the scrutiny committee and was also chairman of the planning committee when plans for the Hive were approved.
Following the announcement of his retirement, Mr Williams said: “I am quite proud of the Hive, it only just squeaked through the planning process, it’s a Marmite building, a lot of people didn’t like it.”
A former cabinet member, Mr Williams also served as deputy leader of the council.
Mrs Smith was first elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in the Claines ward in 1990 – the first of two stints as a councillor – before becoming the city’s mayor in 1995.
She retired from the city council in 2000 but was elected for a second time three years later.
During her second spell as a councillor, Mrs Smith chaired the audit committee for six years.
Mrs Smith represented the city council on many outside bodies including Worcester Community Housing, Worcester Twinning Association, Worcester Play Council and Worcester River Sports Association.
Mrs Smith retired in 2015 having completed a total of 22 years as a city councillor.
As honorary aldermen, they would be able to attend civic ceremonial events, host civic receptions and support the work of the mayor’s charities.
They also act in an ambassadorial role to promote Worcester and the city council.
Holders of the title receive a badge of office and are added to the roll of honorary aldermen displayed in the Guildhall.
For the titles to be awarded, the motion must be approved by more than two-thirds of councillors.