Mark Rogers is to take early retirement from his role as chief executive of Birmingham City Council, it has been announced.
A statement released by the council this afternoon said the council had begun the search for an interim replacement while a recruitment process for a permanent replacement would “commence shortly”.
This announcement of Mr Rogers’ early retirement comes five days after it was announced he would be “moving on” from the council. LGC reported this morning that an email from council leader John Clancy (Lab) sent to staff this week, said Mr Rogers was “on holiday”.
On Monday LGC reported that Birmingham’s improvement panel had been implicated in Mr Rogers’ departure. Sources told LGC the panel had “forced the council’s hand” by refusing to give the authority a clean bill of health.
The full statement, released this afternoon, said: “The city council can confirm that Mark Rogers will be taking early retirement from the organisation with effect from 28 February 2017.
“We expect an interim chief executive will be in post shortly afterwards and have begun the search process.
“The recruitment process for a permanent chief executive will also commence shortly, with the successful candidate to take office as soon as is practicably possible.
“From 1 March, Angela Probert, Strategic Director for Change and Support Services, will act up. Consequently, Chris Gibbs will join the corporate leadership team (CLT), covering Mrs Probert’s role.
“In the meantime, the immediate focus of Cabinet and CLT is to continue to implement the Future Operating Model and deliver a balanced budget for 2017/18.”