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'Inspirational' chief to leave after post removed

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Shepway DC’s “inspirational” chief executive is to leave the council as a result of a management restructuring.

Alistair Stewart, who has been in the role for 13 years, will take voluntary redundancy at the end of March.

Under a plan approved by cabinet yesterday, the role of chief executive will be removed and responsibilities taken on by three directors in a shake-up of the council’s operational structure.

Mr Stewart said the approval of the new structure meant “the time was right” for him to leave.

Shepway leader David Monk (Con) said Mr Stewart had been an inspirational chief executive who had played a key role in the council’s recovery from financial difficulties.

He added: “He was appointed at a time when the council had imploded.

“The Liberal Democrat administration had split and lost control following a leadership crisis and the government had stepped in to cap our council tax.

“The council was in financial turmoil, had been rated as a weak authority by the Audit Commission and was threatened with intervention by government to manage its affairs. Describing it as a difficult and challenging time was an understatement.”

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