Chief executive leaves council

Glen Garrod, chief executive of Waveney District Council, has left the authority with immediate effect.Following discussions with Mark Bee, leader of the council, it has been agreed by mutual consent that he will depart with immediate effect.

Glen Garrod, chief executive of Waveney District Council, has left the authority with immediate effect.

Following discussions with Mark Bee, leader of the council, it has been agreed by mutual consent that he will depart with immediate effect.

Mr Bee said: “Following the announcement today of a disappointing 'Use of Resources' judgement and the earlier Best Value Review of Planning, we both agree that a point has been reached where fundamental change is required.

“These results do not sit well with our need to pick up the pace of improvement and, with considerable integrity, Glen has reached the conclusion that he is not the right person to take this authority forward.


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“Glen has considerable leadership abilities but we both appreciate that his strengths are not best applied to the particular challenges we now face. Decisive action is required and we are determined to remain in control of our own affairs. We agree that it is the right decision for this authority and this tough decision underlines our continued determination to improve our performance and outcomes for the people of Waveney.”

Mr Garrod said: “I am naturally disappointed to be leaving but, having spoken at considerable length with the leader, agree that it is in the best interests of the authority, and myself, to do so.

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“Waveney District Council faces a number of challenges on its improvement journey and a fresh approach will help to ensure these challenges are confronted and overcome. I am proud of our success stories and improvements in areas such as Waste & Recycling and Revenues & Benefits but if Waveney is to move forward more quickly, a different style of leadership is required.”

Mr Bee added: “Glen has faced up to the responsibilities of his role at a difficult time in the authority's history with great professionalism and unstinting commitment.

“Nevertheless, we have reached the conclusion that a change is needed and I am glad that we are able to part amicably. It should not be overlooked that Glen has best interests of Waveney at heart and he departs with my gratitude and best wishes for the future.”

Mr Garrod was appointed in March 2005 having previously been a strategic director at Isle of Wight Council.

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