Senior council boss takes top job on temporary basis
A SENIOR council officer has temporarily been offered the top job at Bucks County Council.
Senior Bucks County Council officer Neil Gibson will be the council’s interim Chief Executive from April 1, subject to ratification from full council today (Thursday).
The appointment comes after current Chief Executive, Chris Williams, announced his decision to retire at the end of March.
Mr Gibson, currently managing director for the Transport Economy Environment Business Unit, will step into the role until a permanent appointment is made later in the year.
Mr Gibson, 57, has been part of the council’s senior management team since he was appointed Strategic Director for Planning and Transportation in 2004.
He brings a wealth of management experience as well as an in-depth knowledge of the county and its issues.
He has overseen many major infrastructure projects across the county and is currently helping to deliver East-West Rail and ‘England’s Economic Heartland’, a strategic alliance covering eight authorities from Oxfordshire in the west to Cambridgeshire in the east.
Leader of the council Martin Tett said it was important to have an interim Chief Executive, particularly during such testing times for the council.
He added: “I am delighted that Neil has agreed to take the reins until we can make a permanent appointment.”