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County chief to step down after 12 years in charge

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Lincolnshire CC’s chief executive Tony McArdle is stepping down after more than 12 years in the role.

He will hand over his formal chief executive responsibilities following 23 February’s full council meeting. However, he will continue to work on some key projects whilst a new chief executive is appointed before departing in the summer.

In the interim, LGC understands Mr McArdle’s statutory responsibilities will be divided between the county’s executive directors but the precise details have not yet been finalised.

Mr McArdle, who is also chair of the Association of County Chief Executives (ACCE), said: “It’s been a terrific experience for me throughout the time that I have been here, but the time is right for a change and I want to make that change this year.

“Lincolnshire is a great authority and I am proud of all that’s been achieved working with officers and councillors. I will be leaving the council in good shape to meet its ambitions for the future.”

Before joining Lincolnshire in 2005, Mr McArdle spent seven years as chief executive of Wellingborough BC. He was also an officer in the Territorial Army for more than 20 years.

Martin Hill (Con), leader, said “Tony joined the council in difficult times, and has been a key part of its transformation which has resulted in Lincolnshire being a high performing, innovative council recognised at a national level. I know I speak for many people when I say we have enjoyed working with him and wish him every success for the future.”

Simon Edwards, director of the County Councils Network, said: “In his role as chair of ACCE and as chief executive of Lincolnshire, Tony has been a great supporter of CCN and a powerful advocate for counties.

“On a range of issues, not least their local campaign for a new fair funding deal, Lincolnshire has been at the forefront of innovation and advocacy for county councils; in no small part due to Tony’s leadership.”

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