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Former Home Office director earmarked for county chief role

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Owen Mapley has been recommended to become the new chief executive for Hertfordshire CC. 

Mr Mapley joined Hertfordshire in 2016 as its director of resources. He has also been the chief officer responsible for Hertfordshire’s libraries and heritage services. 

The recommendation for him to get the top job will now be put before full council on 25 October for approval.

Hertfordshire leader David Williams (Con) said: “Since joining the council from the Home Office in 2016, [Mr Mapley] has made a significant contribution to the council’s senior leadership as the director of resources. Owen will succeed John Wood who has spent 27 years with the council – including the last six years as an outstanding chief executive.”

Prior to joining the council, Mr Mapley spent nearly nine years in the senior civil service during which time he held director roles at the Home Office, HM Courts Service and the Legal Aid Agency. Mr Mapley spent the first 12 years of his career in the private sector, at the professional services firm PwC.

Mr Mapley, who has lived in Hertfordshire since 2001, said: “Hertfordshire is a brilliant place to live and work. I am committed to working closely with councillors, residents, colleagues and partners to continue delivering great services to local people.”


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