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District to review senior management as chief stands down

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The chief executive of Basildon BC is to stand down after 13 years and the council is to launch a review of its senior management arrangements.

The move comes after the previously Conservative-led council fell into no overall control in 2016 and this May switched from the cabinet to committee system. In a press statement the council said it had been holding a number of senior vacancies so the timing was right to conduct a review of senior roles.

In a statement Bala Mahendran, who took flexible retirement in 2013, said he had been considering his future “for some time”.

He said: “The change of political leadership, a new decision-making system, and the continued need to redesign how we provide our services, has convinced me that now is the right time to step down from the position of chief executive and allow the authority to establish a new, long-term officer leadership.”

Mr Mahendran, who started at Basildon 15 years ago as executive director of housing, added: “The legacy of my leadership is in the outcomes of working to my values authentically, both internally and externally across the borough.

“We have changed people’s life chances during this time. The whole council can be very proud of that and I hope that it continues into the future.”

Mr Mahendran will step down on 31 July.

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