Councillor Kim Botting of Orpington Ward was elected Mayor of Bromley for 2018-19 at the annual meeting of the Council on Wednesday, 16 May.
As one of her first mayoral duties she appointed Councillor David Cartwright of Mottingham and Chislehurst North Ward as Deputy Mayor.
Kim joined New Scotland Yard in 1974 as a clerical officer attached to the then Arts and Antiques Squad. Kim joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975 and served as a Police Officer for 38 years. Kim was promoted to Inspector in 1989 to Bromley Police Station, then Staff Officer to DAC 3 Area, Orpington, Inspector in charge of Chislehurst, Addington and Croydon Police Stations where she was later promoted to Chief Inspector.
As Chief Inspector Kim was the original project manager and driving force in setting up the Traffic and Transport Criminal Justice Unit, engendering full centralisation to the Traffic Criminal Justice Command Unit as Head of Partnership and Criminal Justice. Kim retired in 2013 and at that time was the longest serving female officer in the country.
Kim has received various awards including a Life Time Achievement Award, a Commissioners Total Policing Award for Professionalism, an Assistant Commissioners Commendation and two Commander’s Commendations.
Kim became involved in the Orpington Conservative Association in 2013 and was elected as a councillor for Orpington Ward in May 2014. Since her election in 2014 she has served on the Public Protection and Safety Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee, General Purposes and Licensing Committee, Licensing Sub-Committee and Education.
In 2015 Kim was nominated by the residents of Orpington for her efforts in the Partnership Category of the Local Government Councillor Achievement Awards. Kim is President of the Royal British Legion, Orpington, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Kim is also a school co-opted Governor of Blenheim Primary School, Bromley Town Twinning and Ripley Arts Committee. Educated at Longfield High School in Kent, she is married with 4 grown up children and one grandchild.
Kim was elected Mayor of Bromley from 2015 to 2016 and raised £55,000 for her two charities.