St Albans City and District Council has named James Blake as its chief executive.
He has served as acting chief executive since Daniel Goodwin left in December to become the LGA’s executive director, finance and policy.
Mr Blake has worked for St Albans since December 2008 rising to deputy chief executive (public services), responsibilities he will retain.
Colm O’Callaghan, currently his counterpart for finance, will continue as deputy chief executive.
Before joining St Albans Mr Blake was a deputy director in the Department for Communities and Local Government and a researcher at the University of Cambridge.
Mr Blake said: ”St Albans is a great place but we are not immune from the economic, social and environmental pressures that face the rest of the country.
“I am keen for the council to do all it can to support local residents, businesses and community organisations to overcome these challenges.”
Leader Julian Daly (Con) said the appointment provided “continuity in the council’s leadership team and stability as we continue to implement our strategic priorities”.