District Council announces new interim Chief Executive
District Council has approved that Allison Griffin should be appointed
as its Interim Chief Executive, replacing outgoing Chief Executive
Kerry Rickards (pictured).
has worked for the authority since 1991, holding the posts of Head
of Finance and more recently, Corporate Director.
After 17 years, the outgoing Chief Executive, Kerry Rickards announced
his retirement last month.
tribute to Kerry at a Full Council meeting on Thursday (July 26th),
the Leader of Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty said: "Sedgemoor
has blossomed under Kerrys leadership and Sedgemoor has firmly
been put on the map, not only regionally, nationally and internationally."
was never fazed at any disaster that came Sedgemoors way -
and there have been many over the past 17 years."
has overseen the downsizing of the organisation whilst maintaining
services to Sedgemoor residents."
is the longest service Chief Executive amongst Somerset local authorities
and we are sad to see him go, but wish him a long and happy retirement."
Labour Leader Cllr Mick Lerry added: "We need to recognise
what people put into public service and Kerry has contributed hugely
to local government over the past 38 years."
And Cllr Lorna Corke, UKIP Leader, added: "Kerry made me feel
very welcome as a new councillor. I always felt that Sedgemoor had
a quiet presence that is very reassuring; and this is down to Kerry
and the staff."
Rickards, who is outgoing Chief Executive (photo Reg Winslow)