Selby District Council has appointed a new permanent chief executive officer following a ratification meeting, last night.
Janet Waggott, who has been in the post on an interim basis since August last year, is set assume the role full-time, once all necessary arrangements have been made.
Ms. Waggott replaces Mary Weastell who resigned twelve months ago, taking the top job at the City of York Council. As with her predecessor, Ms. Waggott will take on a joint role as chief executive for Selby, and deputy chief at County Hall in Northallerton.
The arrangement will see the new appointee work approximately one-fifth of her time for North Yorkshire who will cover 20% of her salary.
The two authorities' partnership – referred to in-house as 'better together' – is a resource sharing initiative entered into in 2013. It was envisaged to build closer ties between the councils in a climate of slashed budgets in local government organisations.
Speaking of her ambitions for the new role, Ms. Waggott said, “What I’ve seen at Selby over recent months is a huge ambition to drive growth and support the area to be a great place to do business. Sustainable and targeted business and housing growth is vital if we’re to continue to thrive and there are some fantastic opportunities on the horizon for the Selby district. The joint role with the County Council will help to achieve this and to strengthen ties between the two councils which are integral to delivering great value for money.
“The district is right at the heart of Yorkshire, and I want to build on this to make this area a key player in the big decisions about our region in the future – to get the very best for the people who live and work here.”
Selby District Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane, added “Continuing our partnership with North Yorkshire County Council supports us to work more effectively and efficiently. But even more importantly than that, this is about developing links and partnerships to support our ambitions for growth. We’ve got big ambitions for the Selby district, building on our strengths as a great location for business and a great place to live.
According to a report laid before members at last night's extraordinary meeting of the district council, the new chief will receive a basic salary of £106,560 per annum plus a car allowance worth £5,505 every year. This is up from a figure of £94,709, quoted in the authority's annual pay policy statement.