Birmingham City Council’s interim chief executive Stella Manzie has decided she will not be applying for the job on a permanent basis.
LGC reported earlier this month how Ms Manzie had extended her contract at the council until Christmas, or until a permanent chief executive is appointed. Last week John Crabtree, chair of the city’s independent improvement panel, said it would be “very beneficial” for a permanent chief executive, and leader, to be appointed “as early as possible”.
In an email to staff on 7 September, seen by LGC, Ms Manzie said: “I decided some time ago that I would not be applying, but that I would be happy to stay in my interim role until the new chief executive was appointed. This will enable a smooth handover, and my contract has been extended for another six months by the group leaders so I can do just that.”
Ms Manzie, who is a former chief executive of West Berkshire Council, Coventry City Council, Barking & Dagenham LBC, and managing director commissioner at Rotherham MBC, said she was “not applying just because of the stage I am currently at in my career”.
“I have been chief executive of four different councils so one more at my time of life, even one as exciting as Birmingham, just seems like one too many!” she said. “I have some other things that I want to do. However don’t think this means I will be taking my foot off the gas while I am here - that is just not possible - there is too much to do!”