Councillor Daniel Moriarty was elected the new Mayor of Maidstone at Maidstone Borough Council’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday (23 May). He takes over from Councillor Richard Thick, and will be accompanied on his mayoral duties by his niece Shirley Moriarty, who will be the Mayoress for the year. Councillor Derek Butler has been elected Deputy Mayor.
Councillor Moriarty was born in Maidstone, and worked in papermaking from the age of 15, working with Whatmans for 35 years. He has been married to Lana since 1974, and has one daughter, Kelly, and two grandchildren, Jake and Conor. He enjoys gardening, golf and visiting friends and family.
Councillor Moriarty has lived in Park Wood, the community he represents on Maidstone Borough Council, since 2002, and his commitment is to the community, in particular regeneration programmes, decent homes, play areas and caring for the elderly.
Councillor Derek Butler moved to Maidstone in 1984, becoming a borough councillor in 2002 representing Boxley Ward. He retired from The Court Services in 2014, having previously worked in medical services and the Treasurers Department at British Coal. He is married to Mary and has one daughter, Georgina. He enjoys hill walking, cycling, tennis and table tennis.