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Districts name shared chief

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Malvern Hills and Wychavon DCs have appointed Jack Hegarty as shared chief executive.

Malvern Hills and Wychavon DCs agreed in June to share a chief executive, a course supported by the two incumbents, respectively Chris Bocock and Mr Hegarty.

LGC reported in September that opposition councillors in Malvern Hills had attempted to overturn the proposal to share a chief executive between the two districts. They had asked local government minister Kris Hopkins to reject a £400,000 transformation challenge bid for the sharing project, arguing that it involved an unlawful decision.

This week both councils agreed to appoint Mr Hegarty to the shared role which means Mr Bocock will be made redundant. He is due to leave his post on 1 December.

Mr Hegarty said: “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. Maintaining the individuality of both councils is a high priority for me and I’m acutely aware that this is important at both Malvern Hills and Wychavon.

“There will, of course, be shared opportunities in the future, as there have been in the past, but ensuring local identity is maintained is key. There will also be opportunities for improved resilience and cost savings to be enjoyed by both councils.”

Council leaders had previously said each authority would save at least £60,000 a year through the shared role.

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