TORRIDGE District Councillors have unanimously appointed Nicola Bulbeck as the authority s new chief executive and head of paid service. They have shared her services for the past few months with Teignbridge District Council, which will continue to emplo
TORRIDGE District Councillors have unanimously appointed Nicola Bulbeck as the authority's new chief executive and head of paid service.
They have shared her services for the past few months with Teignbridge District Council, which will continue to employ her as its chief executive.
It is believed to be the first arrangement of its type between two authorities so far apart.
The decision, taken at a Torridge full council meeting, is subject to a formal agreement between the two authorities.
In the meantime, Ms Bulbeck will continue as interim joint chief executive until July 1, when she will formally take up the new appointment.
Torridge Council Leader James Morrish said: "I truly believe that this is a very positive way forward for the council as a whole.
"I hope it will give the public confidence that both Nicola and myself are totally committed to keeping Torridge at the top of the tree in terms of local government in the South West as well as continuing to deliver the best possible services to the public at the lowest possible cost. I believe that, with stability, vision and strong leadership comes success for us all."
Sharing a chief executive will give both councils the opportunity to continue to develop joint working, but not to the exclusion of joint working with other councils or other parts of the public sector.
Councillor Alan Connett, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: "Both Teignbridge and Torridge are councils determined to continue providing good quality services and supporting their local communities.
"We both understand the economic situation and the concerns our residents have that we manage our resources to best effect. I am delighted Torridge wishes to continue the partnership from which both councils are benefiting.
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