Northampton BC has appointed a former unitary director as permanent chief executive, despite uncertainty caused by calls for reorganisation in the county after Northamptonshire CC issued a section 114 order.
George Candler will take over from Simon Bovey, who has been Northampton’s interim chief executive since September last year, when he was seconded from Daventry DC where he is deputy chief executive.
This followed the resignation of David Kennedy, who had held the post for 10 years.
Mr Candler, who will join Northampton in April, was previously director of place and enterprise at Shropshire Council.
Immediate spending controls were placed on Northamptonshire earlier this month when it became the first council to issue a section 114 notice in nearly two decades.
Consultancy firm Deloitte has been commissioned to look into reorganising Northamptonshire, with at least two district leaders and one MP preferring a two-unitary model.
Mr Candler said: “I firmly believe that by working together we can build on the good work that’s been done to date, and create a vision that is focussed on the people and communities of Northampton, to ensure the town continues to grow as a great place to live, work and study in, and visit.”
Mr Kennedy’s resignation followed long-running controversy over a £10.25m loan the council made to Northampton Town Football Club, which has been criticised by auditors and is subject to a police probe.