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Chief chosen for West Sussex

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West Sussex CC has chosen an internal candidate as its next chief executive after running a recruitment process and rejecting external candidates

Former chief executive Mark Hammond left suddenly earlier this year and there were complaints of inappropriate behaviour by the leader before an agreement was reached.

If full council gives its approval on Friday, executive director for communities Kieran Stigant will become the next chief executive on a proposed salary of £175,000.

Mr Stigant has been acting as chief executive since Mr Hammond left and has worked for the council for almost 20 years in various roles.

Council chairman Mark Dunn (Con), who chaired the appointment panel, said today: “The formal recruitment process allowed us the opportunity of testing the market in order to find the very best qualified person to steer this authority through some very testing times and enormous financial pressures.

“I am delighted that after a very rigorous process we can recommend Kieran Stigant, and I am confident that he will provide the leadership needed during what is a rapid period of change for local government.”

Mr Stigant, left, who is 45-years-old, said: “I am grateful for the confidence that has been shown in me, and look forward to working with a wide range of partner organisations, and our local communities over the coming years.

“I am under no illusions about the scale of the task, but I do believe that strong partnerships are key to ensuring a decent standard of services for the residents we are here to serve.”

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