The Mayor of Hertsmere, councillor Cynthia Barker, has sadly passed away following a period of illness.
A statement on Hertsmere Council’s website said: “Our elected members and staff are deeply saddened by the death of the serving Mayor of Hertsmere, councillor Cynthia Barker. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely sad and difficult time, and we send them our sincerest condolences.”
The council’s flag flew at half-mast outside civic offices as a mark of respect.
Cynthia was appointed to the highly prestigious role in June this year, and she was the first Philippines-born elected representative in the borough, extremely proud of her heritage and committed to doing her utmost to champion equality and diversity for all our communities in Hertsmere.
Leader of the council, councillor Morris Bright MBE, said: “I knew Cynthia as both a colleague and friend. Nothing was ever too much for her. She thrived at being a local councillor, always wanting to help residents with their issues.
“We are all struggling to take in the sad news at the moment, but I am sure we will all remember Cynthia as a kind, wonderful person who was a hard-working community representative. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cynthia’s family and friends.”