Se­nior coun­cil boss takes top job on tem­po­rary ba­sis

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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