A council has proposed its interim chief executive who will run the authority once its current boss leaves in June. North Northamptonshire Council’s (NNC) CEO Rob Bridge will soon become the boss of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
George Candler, NNC’s deputy chief executive and executive director for place and economy, was the boss of the former Northampton Borough Council from April 2018 until March 2021. Mr Candler and other candidates were interviewed this week. Mr Candler’s appointment will be approved by NNC councillors at its annual meeting on Thursday, May 25.
Once formally appointed, Mr Candler will lead the council after Mr Bridge leaves on Sunday, June 4. It will hold any further recruitment for Mr Bridge’s permanent successor until September because it said the summer is “not conducive to good recruitment”.
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Mr Candler said: “I’m absolutely delighted and proud to have been proposed for the position of interim chief executive and can’t wait to get started in the new role. So much has been achieved in the past two years, and I am keen to continue this positive trajectory of delivery, working with members, staff, and partners for the residents of North Northamptonshire.”
NNC previously said it expects its next permanent chief executive to start between January and March 2024. Mr Bridge is the council’s first chief executive and was in place when it was established in April 2021.
NNC’s leader Cllr Jason Smithers said: “George has already been key in driving through new policies since vesting day in April 2021 and been pivotal in transforming services to make sure they deliver for the people of our area. As such, he’s a great fit.”
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