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London borough chief steps down after seven years

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The chief executive of Camden LBC has announced he will step down from his role after seven years in post.

Mike Cooke told colleagues in an email that he will retire at the end of March next year, with a replacement expected to be announced by the middle of January.

Mr Cooke first joined the local authority as director of organisational development in 2004, later replacing Moira Gibb as chief executive in 2012.

Council leader Georgia Gould (Lab) described Mr Cooke as “one of the most forward-thinking leaders in local government” who had led Camden through a “period of unprecedented challenge”.

“He is a great innovator who has helped us protect our public services and build a culture that recognises the strength in our communities, despite losing half our budget,” Cllr Gould said.

In an email sent to staff on Monday, Mr Cooke wrote: “Camden is an amazing place and it is an honour to serve this council and Camden’s residents.

“We have made huge strides forward, dealt as well as we possibly could with a period of national austerity, achieved much and we are now widely respected as a leading council which is innovating and making a difference.”

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