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Coronavirus: Chief executive of Rutland County Council Helen Briggs postpones her retirement to help the county through the pandemic




A council boss has postponed her retirement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief executive of Rutland County Council, Helen Briggs, was due to retire in August after 13 years in post but has put this on hold to help the county through the pandemic after a 'mutual agreement' with the council leadership.

Ms Briggs said: “These are unique and exceptional times and it is important that there is consistency of leadership during this period, which is why I have made this decision.”

Helen Briggs
Helen Briggs

It was announced in January she would be retiring from the council in the summer, but in light of the current exceptional circumstances, she has agreed to put her retirement plans on hold and has withdrawn her resignation to ensure stability for the council and the county.

Leader of Rutland County Council, Coun Oliver Hemsley (Con-Langham), said: "I am grateful to Helen for offering to postpone her retirement until we have greater clarity over the Covid-19 situation.

"Helen remaining in post will ensure we have continuous stability and support during these unprecedented times.”

The process to recruit Ms Briggs' successor has been suspended and will be re-convened at a later date.

Specialist recruitment company Berwick Partners is being used to support the county council in this process.

The new chief executive of Rutland County Council can expect a salary 'of up to £132,000' according to the job advertisement although the closing date for applicants was Friday February 21.

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