Tributes paid to long-serving Harrogate councillor who has died
Last updated Dec 13, 2022
Cllr Jim Clark, who sat on North Yorkshire county councillor and Harrogate Borough Council.

Tributes have been paid to former Harrogate mayor and long-standing councillor Jim Clark, who has died.

Mr Clark, who was born in Arbroath and later moved to North Yorkshire, represented residents on both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

He represented the Harlow division on the county council for 20 years before stepping down in May.

During his tenure, he was made chair of the county council – a role he held during the covid pandemic when meetings were held remotely. He had previously served as Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, with Cllr Shirley Fawcett as Mayoress.

Mr Clark was a keen advocate for mental health and hospital facilities and represented the county on West Yorkshire Health Scrutiny Panel.

Paying tribute to him, Cllr Carl Les, leader of the county council, said:

“Jim was a strong advocate for mental health services as well as the preservation of key hospital services in the county.

“This was highlighted during his time as the chair of the council’s scrutiny of health committee from September 2010 to May 2019, when he stood down to be appointed as the authority’s chair.

“His presence in County Hall was already missed after he decided not to stand for re-election at the elections in May this year.

“But the news of Jim’s passing is a huge shock to all of us who knew and respected him for the dedicated and talented man that he was.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family at this desperately sad time, and he will be remembered as someone who was committed to ensuring the very best was achieved for North Yorkshire.”

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As well as a councillor, Mr Clark was a keen supporter of the arts and served as chairman of Harrogate Theatre for 10 years.

After standing down from the county council, Mr Clark had moved back to Scotland to be closer to family.

Paying tribute to him, Cllr Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council said:

“By profession, Jim was an accountant and a very accomplished one too. His interests included the theatre, being an occasional amateur actor as well as an active supporter.

“I liked Jim enormously. A passionate individual, a proud father and grandfather, a dry with and a powerful advocate for his community. He will be greatly missed.”