Plenty of reasons to lead Suffolk

A BID to find a new leader to shape the future of Suffolk has officially begun after an advert to find a successor to the current chief executive was placed.

A BID to find a new leader to shape the future of Suffolk has officially begun after an advert to find a successor to the current chief executive was placed.

Following news last month that current chief executive of Suffolk County Council, Mike More, has been appointed chief executive of Westminster City Council, the search is on to find his successor.

High-level recruitment specialists Odgers, Ray and Berndtson have been tasked with finding the right person and an advert on the firm's website reveals the county council is looking for “an outstanding leader”.

A prestigious role commanding a salary in excess of £130,000, around twice the basic salary of MPs, the vacant post is likely to have no shortage of interest.


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A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We are looking to attract a very good candidate.

“It is a very good authority and we are looking forward to seeing who comes forward.”

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The advert describes Suffolk as “a great place to live and work” and says the council has one of the highest community satisfaction rates in the country.

“This is a significant opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on success and leave a lasting legacy for all our communities,” the advert states.

As well as an outstanding leader, the candidate will have to be a “politically astute operator” with “sound financial and commercial capacity”.

Current chief executive Mike More joined Suffolk County Council in 1999 as director of resource management.

He became chief executive in 2002.

During his time with the county council he helped deliver a number of major projects including the creation of Customer Service Direct and the University Campus Suffolk.

The new chief executive will join Suffolk County Council at an uncertain time.

A review is due to look at local council structures in Suffolk with a view to changing the way the county is governed.

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