Bournemouth BC’s forrmer chief executive Tony Williams passed away at the weekend aged 56.
The council said in a statement that is was “very sad to learn” of his death. Mr Williams had been chief executive between 2012 and 2017.
Mr Williams was made redundant last year amid claims leader John Beesley (Con) had sought to prevent the chief executive from launching an investigation of his Hospitality Solutions business.
Upon learning of Mr William’s passing, the council issued a comment he made upon joining the council in 2007 as its director for environment and economy.
Mr Williams said at the time: “Working in local government is about making a difference, improving people’s lives and working with residents and businesses to create a better and sustainable future. Local government affects everyone’s life and it’s this sense of contributing to an improving environment and community that makes local government such a great place to work.”
South Wales-born Mr Williams had a degree in geography from Bristol University and a masters in planning from Cardiff University. His first job was as an assistant planner with West Yorkshire CC before he went on to become economic research officer at Kirklees Metropolitan Council. After a promotion Mr Williams left to become a consultant on regeneration and grant funding on for him to return to the sector as head of policy and performance at Barnsley MBC. A move to Blackpool BC as its head of corporate policy followed before he became director of corporate services at East Lindsey DC prior to his move to Bournemouth.