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Council's new chief executive appointed

The new chief executive of Boston Borough Council is Phil Drury, a long-serving officer with the authority.

A meeting of the full council on Monday night (July 20) voted to appoint Mr Drury, amalgamating his new role with that of his existing role as strategic director.

This move will save the council around £105,000 a year.

The chief officers employment panel had recommended the appointment and an amendment of the council's current management structure and amalgamation of the roles of strategic director and chief executive.

Mr Drury has been acting chief executive since Richard Harbord's resignation.

Mr Drury began his career with the council in 1983 when he began work as a youth trainee  in the housing department. He left briefly, returning to the housing team and since 1992 has held various senior management positions, securing the post of director when it was advertised in 2006, becoming deputy chief executive around the same time.

As acting chief executive and returning officer he oversaw the parish, borough and Parliamentary elections in May.

He has also been appointed electoral registration officer and returning officer - roles traditionally associated with that of chief executive. He will also be the council's head of paid service.

Cllr Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council and a member of the chief officers employment panel, said Mr Drury had undertaken the role of chief executive since last September. He said the panel had full and frank debate about other options available.

He said Mr Drury had filled the role effectively and it was important that the borough had leadership of high quality. Cllr Paul Gleeson seconded the appointment.

Cllr Aaron Spencer, finance portfolio holder, said the appointment also represented savings and was financially prudent.

After the meeting Cllr Bedford said: "Phil has been in the top job for eight months and performed admirably. He has worked his way up to where he is now and in his new position has targets to meet. I hope all staff and elected members will continue to support him."