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Manchester deputy set to become met chief

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The deputy chief executive of Manchester City Council is set to be appointed Bury MBC’s chief executive.

Geoff Little’s appointment has been approved by Bury’s human resources panel and is due to be confirmed at a meeting of full council tomorrow.

Mr Little became Manchester’s deputy chief executive in 2009, having joined the council in 1996 as head of corporate performance.

He has played a central role in implementing the devolution of health and social care across Greater Manchester.

Bury leader Rishi Shori (Lab) said he is “absolutely delighted” that Mr Little is set to join the council.

He added: “He brings a wealth of experience which he can draw on to lead improvements in council services, grow our business economy and tackle health inequalities.”

Subject to approval, Mr Little is set to join Bury in August.

Interim chief executive Pat Jones-Greenhalgh will continue in the role until then.

Former chief executive Mike Owen resigned ahead of a disciplinary hearing in June last year, which found he had not to have passed on information to the council’s director of children’s services relating to serious safeguarding concerns about a councillor who was an approved adopter and school governor.

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