Council chief quits

IAN CLARKE A Norfolk council chief executive - who has been subject of a month-long investigation - has resigned from her £100,000 a year post, it was revealed today.

IAN CLARKE

A Norfolk council chief executive - who has been subject of a month-long investigation - has resigned from her £100,000 a year post, it was revealed today.

A statement from Breckland Council said Becky Hellard, 40, has quit to “pursue other challenges and interests.”

She has not been at Breckland's Dereham headquarters since last month when the investigation was launched into “issues surrounding her.”

In accepting her resignation, council leader William Nunn paid tribute to Ms Hellard stating that she was a progressive chief executive who has made a “significant positive impact” at Breckland Council throughout her period of employment.

He said: “We wish Ms Hellard every success with her future career.”

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Ms Hellard had worked for Breckland Council since 1995, rising through the ranks from management accountant to treasurer, and then strategic manager in 2002.

She was Breckland Council's first female chief executive and one of the youngest in the country when she was appointed in April 2005.

Mr Nunn said: “Ms Hellard leaves the council with a strong management team in place and we have every confidence that the high standard of services enjoyed by Breckland Council residents will continue.”

Deputy chief executive Keith Davis will take over the reins while a recruitment process to replace Ms Hellard takes place.

The Council and Ms Hellard would not add anything to statements or give any interviews.