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LGA confirms Ransford extension

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The Local Government Association has confirmed that chief executive John Ransford is to stay in post until late 2011.

Dame Margaret Eaton, the LGA’s chairman, confirmed the extension of Mr Ransford’s contract - as revealed by LGCplus on Friday afternoon - in a statement on Monday morning, saying: “The appointment of John to continue as chief executive will provide experience and stability for the LGA Group over the next 18 months.

“As we implement the Getting Closer programme, it is absolutely vital that the group has continuity. The LGA Group Leaders believe that John’s experienced leadership is necessary so that these changes can be seen through to the benefit of member authorities.

“The local government sector is facing its most challenging period for a generation. It is therefore more important than ever to have a strong and effective LGA Group, led by a tried and tested chief executive who will provide stability beyond the general election.”

Mr Ransford was originally appointed following the sacking of his predecessor Paul Coen in December 2008 and was originally due to stay in post until the end of this year. He had been due to retire last year.

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