Changes at the top as deputy leaves council

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Changes are afoot at the top tiers of South Holland District Council’s management after the announcement the deputy chief executive is to leave.

Mark Stokes is to leave to take up a new role as chief excutive for the office of Police and Crime Commissioner in Norfolk.

His departure comes during a period when the council is being run by an interim chief executive.

Trevor Holden stepped into the breach left by former chief executive Terry Huggins when he left the authority in January.

Mr Holden is the chief executive of Luton Borough Council and his intial “interim” appointment was supposed to be for an initial three month period, or for as long as the council deemed necessary.

Seven months later he is still in the role at South Holland and Breckland District Council, under the councils’ acclaimed shared management system.

A statement from the council said: “A report is now due to go before full council at both authorities in September with options as to how to proceed towards a permanent chief executive.”

No further information has been released about what options the council is considering.

But a report will go to the same meeting proposing to recruit to the deputy chief executive role to be vacated by Mark Stokes.

Speaking about his departure, Mr Stokes said: “This has not been by any means an easy decision to make, having enjoyed more than 25 years working within local government.

“Not only has local government provided me with many opportunities, itafforded me the privilege of working with some wonderful people both in South Holland and Breckland.

“What has made by job so rewarding has been rising to the challenges that local government has faced over the years, and the sense of achievement it has given me, and more recently working as part of a high performing shared management team, recognised at a national level as best practice.”