THE LEADER of the Thurrock Conservative group, cllr Rob Gledhill has paid tribute to the chief executive of Thurrock Council, who has just announced his departure.
Cllr Gledhill said:
"Since Graham arrived here we have seen a number of new initiatives and projects, some that have worked, such as the introduction of a leaner more efficient directors board and others that haven’t, such as the management merger with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
"I am sure the many lessons learned will help benefit the Land Registry under Graham’s leadership and I wish Graham well in his future role and thank him for his time and service at Thurrock.
Looking forward, the future most senior staff member at Thurrock Council will be joining us at a time of some of the most exciting local authority led growth and change in decades, a challenge I am sure the best in that field of expertise will relish and actively seek to be part of.
"With Graham’s departure, I see the perfect opportunity for sensible discussions between the four political group leaders on how Thurrock continues to be managed in the future.
"Is it time to say we will take on a full time Chief Executive who will remain in Thurrock to guide projects like the Purfleet and Grays regeneration plans or the Combined Authority with Southend; do we look to share with another Council’s existing Chief Executive or look at the managing director model using existing directors to take forward important projects?
"Whatever the option decided it must, as always, be the best option to help move Thurrock forward and be best value for our residents