Sam Shippen has been dismissed from her post as Seaford Town Clerk after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

Mrs Shippen temporarily stood down from her role as town clerk earlier this year while an independent investigation into the council took place but she fully resigned in July upon completion of the investigation.

The inquiry was commissioned by Seaford Town Council back in January after ten points of concern were raised by Seaford MP Norman Baker.

Mr Baker welcomed the news of Mrs Shippen’s dismissal, which took place during her notice period, saying, “The news Seaford Town Council’s clerk, Sam Shippen, has been dismissed for gross misconduct offers the town council an opportunity to start afresh.

“I am pleased that the town council is now getting back on an even keel though there are many legacy problems to sort out.

“The good news is that a majority of the councillors, irrespective of party, have been working together to remedy matters, and in particular I think the mayor, Mark Brown, deserves some credit for how he has approached matters, as do my Lib Dem colleagues Stephen Gauntlett and Sarah McStravick. I have made it clear to the council that I am willing to help in any way I can.”

Seaford Town Council declined numerous offers to comment on the situation.

The report of the investigation into the council states, “There are understandable reasons or circumstances behind some of the apparent failings which need to be taken into account, while in some cases the allegations are purely the result of misunderstandings about how things work.

“Nonetheless, substantial issues have been identified, which need to be acknowledged as requiring urgent attention.”