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City's deputy set to become acting chief exec

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Derby City Council’s deputy chief executive is set to take on the local authority’s top job on an acting basis, while a former officer is set to become its interim chief finance officer.

Chief executive Paul Robinson’s move to Worcestershire CC, due in March, has sparked change at the top of Derby’s senior management team.

Christine Durrant

Christine Durrant

Christine Durrant

Currently deputy chief executive and strategic director of communities and place, Christine Durrant’s appointment as acting chief executive is due to be approved at a meeting of Derby’s full council on 24 January.

She will hold the role on an acting basis while the council recruits for a permanent chief executive.

Ms Durrant joined Derby City Council in 1997. After she was appointed the city’s acting strategic director for neighbourhoods in January 2015, she got the role on a permanent basis the following the year.

Meanwhile, councillors will also be asked next week to approve the appointment of Don McLure as interim strategic director of corporate resources, a position which also encompasses the statutory role of chief finance officer.

Mr McLure was most recently at Durham CC where he spent five years heading up the county’s financial, legal and democratic, human resources and ICT teams but retired in 2016. Prior to this Mr McLure spent eight years at Derby City Council.

If his appointment is approved, Mr McLure will take up the post from 1 February.

Recruitment of a permanent chief executive and strategic director of corporate resources is already underway, with successful candidates likely to take up their places in the summer.

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