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Stoke chief placed on 'extended leave'

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s chief executive has been placed on “extended leave” as part of a review of the local authority’s senior management team.

John van de Laarschot is off for two weeks while the review takes place.

The political leadership of Stoke changed hands at the elections in May as Labour lost control to a coalition made up of the City Independent, Conservative and Ukip groups. The leader is now Dave Conway (City Independent).

A city council spokeswoman said: “Stoke-on-Trent City Council is undertaking a review of its senior management team.

“While this is under way, chief executive John van de Laarschot has agreed to take a period of extended leave for two weeks.

“David Sidaway, executive director, will provide interim cover during this time, ensuring that normal business continues.”

Mr van de Laarschot was appointed Stoke’s chief executive in October 2009. He joined the city council from Torridge DC where he served as chief executive between 2005 and 2009.

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