Council’s top manager is set to be replaced

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COUNCILLORS have voted to appoint a new chief executive to Chichester District Council.

The decision follows the announcement that the current chief executive, John Marsland, inset, will retire next month after a 40-year career in local government.

A panel of councillors was set up to decide how they wanted to replace the chief executive.

They reviewed a number of options, including sharing the role in order to save money.

Their recommendation was that the existing role of chief executive should remain.

Councillor Heather Caird, council leader, said: ‘We believe that the role of chief executive at Chichester District Council is very important.

‘John Marsland has been an exceptional chief executive.

‘He has shown outstanding leadership and helped to take the council through a period of significant change and financial challenge.

‘Due to this, we are a well-managed, high performing council, with an excellent record for good financial management and delivering services that are value for money. This is evident within our recent external audit report. We want to maintain this strong leadership, build on our successes, and make sure that we have someone who can take us forward through challenging times.

‘For these reasons we have decided that the role should be replaced.’

The job will be advertised in December.

In the interim, Diane Shepherd, who is currently director of corporate services at the council, will be appointed head of paid service.

She will be responsible for carrying out the legal duties held by the chief executive, until the role is replaced.