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Chief to retire after new structure agreed

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Darlington BC chief executive Ada Burns is to retire after a new senior management structure was agreed.

Ada Burns

Chief to retire after new structure agreed

Ada Burns

Under the plan, approved by councillors last Thursday, the position of chief executive and director of neighbourhood services and resources will be merged to create the role of managing director.

A report considered at a meeting of full council last Thursday said Ms Burns, who has been Darlington’s chief executive for 13 years, had expressed a willingness to retire from the council in May.

The current director of neighbourhood services and resources Paul Wildsmith will become managing director. 

The report said: “The changes proposed are estimated to offer the council, allowing for the costs of implementation, annual revenue saving of approximately £171,000 each year, with a saving of around £464,000 over the life of the medium term financial plan.”

Under the new structure, two directors, one covering place and the other people, will sit beneath the managing director.

The director of economic growth will take on responsibility for neighbourhood services, and assistant director for finance will become the section 151 officer and chief finance officer, as well as taking on responsibility for corporate strategy, performance and communication under the job title assistant director resources.

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