Cornwall Council Chief Executive confirms he has accepted new role in New Zealand
Last updated: 24/12/2012
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Cornwall Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery has confirmed that
he will be leaving the authority at the end of March to take up a
new role as the Chief Executive of Wellington City Council.
Announcing he had formally accepted the post, Mr Lavery said
“this was a very difficult decision to make as I have thoroughly
enjoyed my time as the Chief Executive of Cornwall Council and am
sorry to be leaving the authority and Cornwall.
“When I was appointed in November 2008, the new unitary Council
was facing a number of challenges. I said then that I wanted to
build a distinctive Council that reflected Cornwall’s proud
heritage and culture. A Council that was delivering high quality
services and great value for money and which was meeting the needs
of local residents.
“Four years later I am proud to say that, despite the additional
challenges created by the financial situation, we are well on the
way to achieving this aim and I am confident that we have the right
foundations in place to create a bright future for the Council and
“I will be taking up my new role at the end of March and over
the next few weeks will be working with Members and the leadership
team to make the necessary arrangements for the transition.
Council Leader Jim Currie said while he was personally sad that
Mr Lavery was leaving the authority, he wanted to thank him for his
hard work and commitment over the past four years.
“When Kevin was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the
new unitary Council, many described his role as an impossible task.
However he has successfully led the authority through the unitary
process and the consequences of the dire economic situation into
which we have been plunged.
“He is a towering figure who has not been afraid to make
difficult decisions. However, while he will undoubtedly be
missed, he has left behind a strong management team and an
experienced and knowledgeable set of elected Members.”