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David Marchant, chief executive of Castle Point Borough Council, passed away on March 11 at the age of 68 following a short illness.
Cllr Simon Wootton, leader of Rochford District Council said: “I was saddened to hear of the passing of David Marchant. David was the longest serving chief executive in Essex and will be missed by so many.
This news is deeply shocking, and our thoughts go to his wife Wendy, son Nick and two grandchildren at this sad time.”