acting director of social services.
Mr Waller will join the council next week following Ted Unsworth's
departure for the national charity Turning Point and lead the social services department until a permanent replacement is recruited. This could take up to six months.
He joined Leicestershire as director of social services in 1988 and dealt with the aftermath of the conviction of the child abuser Frank Beck. He led the department through a period when it was transformed from being demoralised and poorly run to being widely recognised as one of the best social services departments in the UK.
Mr Waller took early retirement from Leicestershire following the break-up of the county because of local government reorganisation. He is currently a part-time visiting professor at De Montfort University.
He was chairman of the Association of Directors of Social Services'
children and families committee between 1994 and 1997.