Councillor Asif Khan has told WatfordNews it is a “real honour” that he has been named the new chairman of Watford Borough Council.
After replacing councillor Rabi Martins, the new chair is passionate about keeping Watford an “inclusive, diverse and open town.”
He said: “I am honoured and privileged to be made chairman of the council. I will work with my fellow councillors, the whole community and charities to advocate and highlight the very best of Watford.
“I am grateful of the support I have received. I am the first councillor to be born and brought up in Watford to be made chair of the council so I am very passionate about my role. I want Watford to be inclusive, diverse and an open town.”
Cllr Khan is passionate about working with the young people in the community and wants to build bridges in an attempt to stop knife crime in the town.
He explained: “It can be tough for young people and I want to be able to relate to them. Knife crime, education issues – I want all these problems to be voiced to the council so we can work on improving them.
“I plan to work with police, teachers, schools, the Mayor of Watford, voluntary groups and people who have been affected by knife crime first hand to see how we can stop it.”
Cllr Khan has chosen The Starfish Ward and Rwandan Sisterhood as his chosen charities as he wants to highlight the great work they do.
Cllr Khan’s child was admitted to the Starfish Ward when he was ill a few years ago and said the work he saw was amazing.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, is delighted that cllr Khan has been appointed as the new chairman and thinks him, and his vice chairman, cllr Aga Dychton, will make “great ambassadors”.