Paul Mortimer, left, was editor of the Staffordshire Newsletter from 1996-2003 and then the Richmond and Twickenham times from 2003-2008.
After a stint as chief sub-editor on the Bucks Free Press, he called time on his 42-year career in 2009 and moved to Tiverton, Devon.
Now he has become one of three new members elected to Tiverton Town Council following an extraordinary general meeting held this week.
In a presentation to members, Paul said he believed he had a good understanding of how town councils worked from his time as the editor of a local weekly newspaper in Staffordshire and believed he could adjust what he had learnt to the decision-making process in Tiverton.
“I have become involved in the community through working to help the Portas team and getting involved with the Creative Hub running creative writing classes,” he added.
Paul started as a trainee reporter on the Staffordshire Advertiser in 1967 and then went on to work on the sports desks of the Express and Star and Birmingham Mail between 1972 and 1982.
He joined Lionel Pickering’s Trader Group Newspapers as production editor and editor of the Tamworth Trader before joining the Staffordshire Newsletter.