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Dorset joint chief appointed

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A further two Dorset councils have announced the appointment of a shared chief executive.

West Dorset DC chief executive David Clarke is to take over as chief executive of neighbouring Weymouth & Portland BC after councillors approved the appointment.

The announcement came a month after East Dorset DC chief executive David McIntosh was appointed to be joint chief executive of Christchurch BC as well.

West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland began talks over sharing earlier this year, as revealed by LGC in July, before councillors formerly agreed in September to appoint a joint chief executive as the first step to a shared services that they hope will save £8.5m over five years.

Mr Clarke, left, said the “WestWey Partnership” was the most significant change for the councils in decades.

“The savings we will make over the next five years will be used to protect and develop front line services, even in the severe financial climate the two councils face as a result of the national spending review,” he said.

Mr Clarke, who has been chief executive of West Dorset for seven years, was selected over Weymouth & Portland chief Tom Grainger after the two councils decided not to advertise for the new post.

Weymouth cabinet member for corporate affairs, Geoff Petherick (Con), thanked Mr Grainger for the 12 years he had been head of the council. “He has led the authority with a commitment to provide residents with high quality services, delivered efficiently and effectively and we wish him well for the future.”

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