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Poole council chief executive John McBride announces retirement
9:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
POOLE council’s chief executive John McBride is to retire next year after 12 years in the post.
He made the announcement at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the full council, saying it had been an “enormous privilege” to work in Poole.
He added: “I am very fortunate to have worked with so many talented and capable individuals, both councillors and officers, who have shown tremendous commitment to serving the borough and people of Poole.
“Local government faces a major challenge over the next few years to continue to deliver high quality services with considerably reduced budgets. However, these challenges also bring opportunities and I am confident that the people of Poole, and those who serve them, can work together to ensure the borough remains a great place in which to live, learn and work.”
Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of the Council, said: “John is an excellent chief executive who has made an enormous contribution to Poole during his many years with the council.
“John has been hugely supportive throughout my three years as leader and 10 years as a cabinet member and his knowledge, skills and experience have proved invaluable to me. He is respected and trusted by councillors and has always held the confidence of our staff and partners in the local community.
“John will be missed by everyone at the council but I have no doubt that he will continue to work hard for Poole over the coming months as he heads towards his well-deserved retirement.”
Mr McBride, originally from Hull, joined the council in 1986 as assistant treasurer and, after a spell away from the council, returned as policy director in 1996, becoming chief executive in 2002.
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