Hunt for new borough chief exec stepped up

IPSWICH: The hunt for a new permanent chief executive for the borough has been stepped up.

The council is expecting to pay up to �97,000-a-year for a replacement for James Hehir who died suddenly at the end of last year.

Russell Williams has been acting chief executive since Mr Hehir’s death and has impressed colleagues and councillors with his stewardship of the council during very difficult times.

But council leader Liz Harsant said it was felt necessary to have an open application process to ensure the council got the best possible chief to steer it through potentially difficult times.

She said: “We are certainly expecting Russell to apply but we have to have a fully open appointment.”


You may also want to watch:


The appointment will be made by a panel of five councillors – two Conservatives, two from the Labour group and one Liberal Democrat. They will be advised by a representative from the Society Of Local Authorities’ Chief Executives (SOLACE).

The job is being advertised with a maximum salary of �97,000 – which will mean that Ipswich’s chief will have the lowest salary of any local authority chief in Suffolk.

Most Read

Mrs Harsant said: “The government has made it clear that local authorities have a responsibility not to pay over the odd and we feel this is fair figure.”

n Is the salary fair? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter