Council chief executive to stand down after 40 years in local government

Fenland District Council's chief executive Sandra Claxton last night announced she will retire later this year, paving the way for another six figure reduction in the council's budget.

Ms Claxton, who took on the role just over a year ago, also hinted that her deputy will take over and his salary and post deleted, thus making a �100,000 a year saving.

'Following approval from staff committee the leader (Alan Melton) will shortly be convening a panel to undertake the appointment of a new chief executive,' the 59-year-old told staff in an email.

'Both the leader and I are very keen to achieve a seamless transition with the minimum of disruption to council business.

'We are also keen to protect the unique culture that has been built up and nurtured in Fenland over the past eight years.

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'With all this in mind, Paul Medd, our current deputy chief executive, has been ring-fenced to be interviewed for the post.

'As such, my departure will mark a further reduction in the size of corporate management team from six to five, thus achieving a further significant cost saving to the council.'

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Ms Claxton said her departure date has yet to be finalised but revealed after 40 years in local government she felt it was 'time to hang up my briefcase.'

'My decision to retire is made with mixed feelings but I think it's time I devoted my time to my long suffering husband and family who have been so supportive of me over the past years,' she added.

She has previously worked for three London boroughs, a county council and two district councils.

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