Coun­cil chief to take re­tire­ment

Chris Wil­liams will leave Bucks post in the spring

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE boss of Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil is to step down next year fol­low­ing a 15 year run, which is one of the long­est in the coun­try.

Chris Wil­liams, who has been chief ex­ec­u­tive of the coun­cil for 15 years, has an­nounced his in­ten­tion to re­tire from Bucks County Coun­cil on March 31.

Mr Wil­liams, 67, be­gan his ca­reer in lo­cal gov­ern­ment as a town plan­ner with Glam­or­gan County Coun­cil.

He was the County Plan­ning Of­fi­cer of East Sus­sex from 1989 to 1996.

He served as the Pres­i­dent of the County Plan­ning Of­fi­cer So­ci­ety in 1994 to 1995.

He is one of the long­est serv­ing county chief ex­ec­u­tives in the coun­try.

Prior to be­com­ing Buck­ing­hamshire’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive in 2000, Mr Wil­liams was the coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices from 1996.

Mr Wil­liams has led peer re­views of Glouces­ter­shire and War­wick­shire County Coun­cils and has car­ried out a Ca­pa­bil­ity Re­view of the Min­istry of De­fence.

He has held a num­ber of di­rec­tor­ships of en­vi­ron­men­tal, busi­ness, Euro­pean and com­mu­nity safety or­gan­i­sa­tions in Sus­sex, Buck­ing­hamshire and across the Thames Val­ley.

He is also the Clerk to the Buck­ing­hamshire Lieu­tenancy and Vis­it­ing Re­search Fel­low of the Univer­sity of Sus­sex as well as be­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive for South East Eng­land Coun­cils, a body rep­re­sent­ing 74 lo­cal coun­cils.

Mr Wil­liams, who is on £250,000 a year, said: “Work­ing for Buck­ing­hamshire has been one of the most en­joy­able pe­ri­ods of my ca­reer, and I am very proud of what the coun­cil and all of its employees has achieved. We are recog­nised as one of the best and most in­no­va­tive coun­cils in the whole coun­try.

“We have con­tin­ued to de­liver high qual­ity ser­vices to the peo­ple of Buck­ing­hamshire de­spite many years of aus­ter­ity.

“I’ve been priv­i­leged to work with such a highly skilled and mo­ti­vated se­nior man­age­ment team and all of our in­cred­i­bly ded­i­cated employees, who will con­tinue to serve all who live and work in Buck­ing­hamshire.”

Leader of the coun­cil, Martin Tett said: “Chris has been a first class chief ex­ec­u­tive. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the coun­cil has con­sis­tently been rated as one of the high­est per­form­ing County Coun­cils in Eng­land, and Chris has al­ways demon­strated an unswerv­ing com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing lives for B u c k i n g h a m s h i r e ’s res­i­dents.

“Chris is a well-re­spected fig­ure in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and he will be very much missed by col­leagues. We all wish him a long and happy re­tire­ment.”

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