Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Essex CC has appointed a new chief executive. Described by council leader David Finch (Con) as “one of the biggest and most challenging roles in local government”, Swindon BC’s chief executive Gavin Jones will take charge in January. The role of chief executive had been handed to senior officers at Essex on a rota after Joanna Killian left the local authority in May to join KPMG as a partner in the firm’s UK Government and Public Services Practice. The interim arrangements will remain in place until Mr Jones joins Essex in the new year.
The deputy chief executive of Hampshire CC, John Coughlan, has been recommended for the top job. Mr Coughlan, who is also Hampshire’s director of children’s services, has been chosen as the preferred candidate to take over from current chief executive Andrew Smith who announced in May his intention to retire after eight years in the post. Councillors will make a final decision on the proposed appointment on 22 October.
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Durham CC is set to appoint one of its corporate directors as its new chief executive. Terry Collins, who is currently in charge of the local authority’s neighbourhood services, has been identified as the preferred candidate to take over from current chief executive George Garlick when he retires in January. Durham’s leader Simon Henig (Lab) said Mr Collins would be paid £15,000 less than Mr Garlick’s £200,000 a year salary as it reflected the “continued financial pressures facing the public sector as a whole”. Before he joined Durham in 2009 when it became a unitary authority, Mr Collins was director of neighbourhood services and assistant chief executive at City of York Council. Durham’s councillors will vote on the proposed appointment on 28 October.
The interim chief executive of Great Yarmouth BC, Gordon Mitchell, had his contract terminated on 7 October as the council seeks to share senior management with North Norfolk DC. Mr Mitchell had been in temporary charge since July 2014 after former chief executive Janet Ratcliffe left the local authority due to ill health. Cabinet members approved propoals to appoint North Norfolk’s chief executive Sheila Oxtoby into a shared role on an interim basis before deciding whether to make it permanent. Similarly, North Norfolk’s head of finance Karen Sly has taken on Great Yarmouth’s section 151 officer duties as interim officer Andy Radford has also left the authority. North Norfolk will hold an extraordinary meeting of full council on 21 October to vote on the proposals.