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Restructure: Durham to save£3.45m

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Durham CC has claimed that£3.45m can be saved annually from its new management structure by slimming down to just seven senior executive directors.

The county - which has 52 executive directors across its two tiers in its current configuration - is hunting for four senior executives to complete its seven-strong management team as it makes its transition to a unitary.

The council, which recently named Stockton-on-Tees BC boss George Garlick as its chief executive, claimed the “harmonisation” of top level posts will help it hit the£21m a year savings it promised ministers.

Four new posts created have been advertised: assistant chief executive, corporate director of resources, director of regeneration and economic development and corporate director of neighbourhood services.

Two existing Durham CC directors - of children and young people’s services and adult and community services - will be “slotted into” equivalent posts, said the council.

Durham leader Simon Henig (Lab) said: “These are vital posts and it is essential that we attract high-calibre candidates of energy, enthusiasm and experience.”

It is expected that the new corporate directors will be appointed in October.

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