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Chorley and Wyre BCs to share a chief

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Lancashire is to get its first shared chief executive after an agreement was made by two Conservative-run councils.

Chorley BC chief executive Donna Hall is to start work at Wyre BC next month as long as both full councils give their approval to the plan.

The non-neighbouring councils, whose town halls are about 30 miles from one another, are the third such pairing in the country.

Torridge DC and Teignbrgde DC in Devon were the first councils without a shared border to share a chief executive, and Breckland DC in Norfolk and South Holland DC in Lincolnshire also announced similar plans earlier this year.

Chorley chief Ms Hall said sharing with Wyre was a “really exciting opportunity” for both councils and would save money and protect services.

“We are facing some extremely difficult financial decisions over the coming months and we are leaving no stone unturned as we look at ways of doing things more efficiently,” she said.

One of Ms Hall’s first tasks as shared chief will be to look at how the rest of the councils’ senior management team can be integrated. “We will be reviewing everything we do and it’s important that I set an example for the rest of the authority by looking at how the senior management team can reduce its costs,” she said.

Ms Hall is currently paid £170,000 by Chorley, but each council will share that salary cost if the plan goes ahead.

Wyre’s former chief executive, Jim Corry, was paid £104,000 before he took early retirement last month.

Wyre leader Peter Gibson (Con) said: “I am very pleased to have secured the services of Donna, who has earned herself a national reputation for her transformational work.”

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