New chief executive announced

THE next chief executive of Chorley Council will be Gary Hall.

Subject to approval by the full council on July 19, he’ll succeed Donna Hall in August, when she takes on the role of deputy chief executive at Wigan Council.

Mr Hall, who is the current Director of Transformation at Chorley Council, was chosen following interviews on Friday by a cross-party panel of nine elected members.

He beat the Director of People and Places Jamie Carson to the top job.

Mr Hall will retain a significant amount of his current director responsibilities when he becomes chief executive.

By combining the two roles and appointing internally, the council will achieve a saving of £100,000 a year.

Council leader, Coun Peter Goldsworthy, said: “Offering value for money to residents is one of our top priorities so I’m pleased we’ve been able to make a significant saving of £100,000 a year by appointing internally from our talented director team.

“After Friday’s interviews, the member appointment panel decided to recommend that Gary takes over as chief executive when Donna leaves. This is subject to approval by full council later this month.

”I look forward to working with Gary and continuing to deliver the excellent services and forward-thinking schemes that Chorley Council has become known for.”

An independent representative from North West Employers was involved in the interview process to make sure it remained objective.

Ms Hall, whose overall package was worth £157,632, did a job share with Wyre Council, who met half of the cost.

However her successor will focus entirely in Chorley and his first task will be having to save £4m over the next four years.