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Worcester appoints new executive

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Financially troubled Worcester City Council has appointed an interim head of paid service to take over from retiring chief executive David Waring.

Alan Stuttard will take on many of the chief executive’s responsibilities, including making budget cuts, from 1 March until the end of 2009.

Worcester was recently told that it must save almost a fifth of its budget in a report by consultant Mouchel (LGCplus, 20/11/08).

Under the interim management plans, Mr Stuttard will be supported by a five-strong corporate management team.

He has worked at the council for more than 20 years, currently as head of its safer and stronger communities team.

Mr Stuttard said: “This is a critical time for Worcester City Council. Our present level of funding requires a major review of the services we offer.”

The council said the decision to appoint him followed a recommendation from Mouchel that it would not be in the interest of either the city or county council to appoint a joint county chief executive, as had been proposed at one point.

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