It’s emerged the new chief executive of Essex Co9unty Council will be paid £195,000 a year.
The appointment of Gavin Jones – who’s moving from the same role in Swindon – comes as the police face major cuts.
Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, told Radio Essex: “Following a thorough and robust recruitment process, I am delighted to announce Gavin will be taking on what is one of the biggest and most challenging roles in local government.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience. At Swindon, he helped turn round the council, gaining a reputation for organisational development, partnership working and innovation. He has also held high profile positions in the private sector working for global companies within the telecommunications, travel and IT Industries.”
Gavin Jones told Radio Essex: “Essex is a fabulous county, rich in history but forward looking, and I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve as Essex County Council s Chief Executive.
“I am very much looking forward to playing my part in that. I will bring commitment and energy to the role, and I know that in working collaboratively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders we have the ability to build on what has already been achieved and give the county an increasingly prosperous future. It won t always be easy, but I am absolutely certain it can be done.”
He will take up his new role in January, with the Council s existing arrangements for interim cover remaining in place until then.