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Leeds looks at recruiting chief for city region

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Plans to recruit a chief executive to head the Leeds City Region are being floated by council leaders of the 11 authorities involved in the pilot, LGC has learned. Such a job would be one of the biggest in local government.

Leeds City Council leader Andrew Carter (Con), who sits on the city region’s leaders’ board, confirmed proposals were being considered but it was too early to discuss details.

“We are in discussions and need to talk to the new government about it. There are a lot of things to do before we start making appointments,” said Mr Carter, who may face a post-election leadership challenge.

City region officials have entered discussions with the Treasury and ministers about governance and funding options, with plans expected to be resolved over the coming weeks.

Core Cities director Chris Murray said: “City regions will be looking at things like pooling economic development departments and having their own chief executives. The issue will be what arrangements can best generate the outcomes you want.”

The move follows the Greater Manchester City Region getting its member councils to sign up to the creation of a statutory combined authority in March.

The authority will co-ordinate transport, regeneration and economic development and oversee the new devolved powers in the pilot city region agreement, which was signed in December.

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