SOUTH Yorkshire’s new High Sheriff has taken his declaration of office before a top judge.
In a ceremony at Sheffield Crown Court, former High Sheriff Anthony Cooper handed over his badge of office to the Andrew Jackson Coombe.
The ritual was overseen by high court judge Mr Justice Andrew Smith, the Recorder of Sheffield Judge Alan Goldsack QC, and of South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Med Hughes.
Grandfather-of-three Mr Coombe, aged 64, from Fulwood, is married with a daughter and a son. A chartered accountant and solicitor, he worked at city law firm Wake Smith and latterly Keeble Hawson as a partner.
The office of High Sheriff dates back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the crown.
The main duties of the High Sheriff nowadays include attendance at royal visits and support for high court judges when they work in the county.
Meanwhile four high-flyers have been named as new Deputy Lieutenants for South Yorkshire.
Liz Burnley CBE is an occupational psychologist from Womersley, and The Earl of Scarbrough Richard Lumley, is involved with runaways charity Safe@Last and the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project. Barnsley-born John Hayward is an Oxford physicist and accountant, and Chris Rea OBE from Rotherham is managing director of company AESSEAL.
All four will support the Lord Lieutenant David Moody with royal visits to the county and represent the lieutenancy at ceremonial events.