Kent roads chief forced to quit due to ill-health
Boss had only been in the job for six weeks
THE man brought in to sort out Kent’s roads has had to quit his role with Kent County Council after just six weeks because of ill-health.
John Hobbs was recruited in October from Worcestershire County Council to act as KCC’s interim highways director after the unexpected departure of highways and regeneration director Adam Wilkinson.
He quit for personal reasons after a year in the post.
Now Mr Hobbs, who KCC had hoped would oversee a transformation of its highways directorate, has had to stand aside from a job that had been due to become full-time after initially starting as a two-day a week post.
Cllr Keith Ferrin (Con), KCC’s cabinet member for the environment and highways, said: “Unfortunately, due to ill health, John Hobbs has been unable to continue his role with Kent Highway Services.
“We obviously wish John well and are sorry that we won’t be able to work with him and benefit from his experience.
“A permanent director for highways will be recruited in due course and Caroline Bruce will continue her role as interim director until this appointment is made.”
The agreement with Worcestshire County Council had sparked some concerns among the opposition parties at County Hall, who questioned whether a director shared with another council could do all that was needed to improve Kent’s roads.
But at the time, KCC said that Mr Hobbs’ track record meant he was the right man to “take the transformation of highways to the next stage”.
As part of the agreement allowing Mr Hobbs to work in Kent, KCC had agreed to help Worcestershire improve its waste management systems.