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Durham identifies new chief executive

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Durham CC is set to appoint one of its corporate directors as its new chief executive.

Terry Collins, who is currently in charge of the local authority’s neighbourhood services, has been identified as the preferred candidate to take over from current chief executive George Garlick when he retires in January. He was selected following an internal only recruitment process.

Councillors will vote on the proposal on 28 October.

Mr Collins joined the council in 2009 when it became a unitary council. Prior to that, he was director of neighbourhood services and assistant chief executive at City of York Council.

Durham’s leader Simon Henig (Lab) said Mr Collins was set to be paid £15,000 less than Mr Garlick’s £200,000 a year salary as it reflected the “continued financial pressures facing the public sector as a whole”.

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