A deputy director from the doomed government office for the South West is to become one of Devon’s shared chief executives.
Councillors in West Devon BC and South Hams BC have chosen Richard Sheard to take over from David Incoll when he retires later this year.
The councils were the first of the 11 authorities with a joint chief executive to advertise a shared vacancy. The relative newness of the arrangement means shared chief executives have normally been created when the head of one authority takes on additional responsibilities for a partner with a vacancy.
Mr Sheard, right, who was chief executive of Salisbury DC before he moved to the government office, beat more than 40 people to be selected for the post.
His local government career began as a trainee public health officer at Nottingham City Council before he moved to Mendip DC in the 1980s and later became their director of housing and health.
South Hams leader John Tucker (Con) said Mr Sheard would lead the councils’ work on shared services and facing the financial challenge.
West Devon leader James McInnes (Con) added: “Richard is particularly strong in his approach to partnership working; an area which we believe will help us greatly in involving our communities more in delivering future services.”
Mr McInnes also thanked Mr Incoll, left, for his “excellent stewardship” and for bringing the two councils together. “No-one should underestimate the importance of David’s work”, he said.