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District plans hunt to replace interim chief

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Wellingborough BC has announced it will launch a formal search for a permanent chief executive, just over a year after making an interim appointment.

Joe Hubbard took the helm of the authority following the retirement of Lyn Martin-Bennison at the end of June last year, but the authority agreed to put off making a permanent recruitment pending the outcome of the spending review and exploration of shared-management options.

However the Northamptonshire council has now indicated that it will seek a new full-time chief.

Council leader Paul Bell (Con) said the authority wanted to “explore as broad a market as possible” as part of the recruitment process and was likely to hire a recruitment consultancy.

“Getting the right person for this very tough job means someone who can help guide us through very difficult times and into the future whilst still meeting the needs of all our taxpayers,” he said.

A meeting of the authority’s resources committee on September 14 is expected to formally approve the recruitment process.

Mr Hubbard was deputy chief executive at Wellingborough before stepping into the vacant chief’s role. His interim period continues until the end of the year.

LGC understands Mr Hubbard will be in the running for the permanent position.

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