New job for Torridge chief executive

JOHN van de Laarschot, the chief executive of Torridge District Council, is leaving the authority to become chief executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. He was chosen for the �195,000 a year job yesterday (Tuesday) by the city council s human resource

JOHN van de Laarschot, the chief executive of Torridge District Council, is leaving the authority to become chief executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

He was chosen for the �195,000 a year job yesterday (Tuesday) by the city council's human resources committee, which interviewed three candidates.

Mr van de Laarschot joined Torridge in 2005 from the private sector and has overseen the authority's transformation from a poor to a good authority.

Last year, he was shortlisted for the chief executive's post of Cornwall's new unitary authority, but did not get the job.


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Last month, Torridge agreed to work more closely with North Devon Council under a joint management team with one chief executive.

But North Devon Council Leader Des Brailey insisted that a new chief executive should be sought from outside the two authorities and that there should be no internal candidates for the post.

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