District Council announces new Chief Executive
Griffin has this week become the permanent Chief Executive at Sedgemoor
a meeting on Thursday (December 21st), Sedgemoor District Council's
Full Council voted unanimously that the post of Interim Chief Executive
should be made into a permanent position.
that end, Allison Griffin will become the authority's Chief Executive
as from 1st January, 2018.
appointment comes after Kerry Rickards, former chief executive of
SDC announced his retirement in June after working at the council
for 17 years. Since then, Allison had held the role on an interim
Duncan McGinty, leader of SDC, paid tribute to Mr Rickards. "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. He has overseen
the downsizing of the organisation whilst maintaining services to
Sedgemoor residents. He was 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."
new Chief Executive, Allison Griffin, is the Head of the paid service
and is ultimately responsible for all staff. She is the principal
advisor for the Council as a corporate body as well as providing
assistance and advice for individual Councillors.
role of the Chief Executive is to ensure Senior Managers address
new strategies and changes in the law where these are corporate
Chief Executive has responsibilities across Communications, Political
Structures, Member/Officer interface, Leader of Council's Liaison
Group, Somerset Chief Executive Group, Corporate Governance, Performance
Management and Health and Safety.
(l-r) Chairman of Council - Councillor Mike Cresswell; Chief Executive
- Allison Griffin and Leader of Sedgemoor District Council - Councillor