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New Lincolnshire chief revealed

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The managing director of Wolverhampton City Council has been appointed chief executive of Lincolnshire CC.

In a statement today, Lincolnshire said Keith Ireland had been chosen due to his record at Wolverhampton of “driving the officer team to deliver high-performing services… whilst meeting stringent financial reductions.”

He replaces Tony McArdle, who is stepping down after more than 12 years in the role.

Mr Ireland was until June 2016 the programme director responsible for establishing the West Midlands CA and subsequent devolution deal.

Lincolnshire leader Martin Hill (Con) said Mr Ireland has “outstanding abilities”.

He added: “His track record of sound commercial acumen and capacity for innovation will see us in good stead as we continue to adapt to falling budgets without letting standards slip.

“Keith will be more than capable of driving our vision forward and inspiring our 4,500-strong workforce at the sharp end of government change.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Ireland said: “I now look forward to working with my new colleagues - councillors, employees and county partners - to get to know Lincolnshire better and to continue to deliver the services that matter most to local people as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Lincolnshire said Mr Ireland is due to take up the role “in the near future”.

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