Havering Council's chief executive announces retirement
PUBLISHED: 12:36 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:36 14 January 2016
The chief executive of Havering Council has today confirmed her plans to retire, later this year, after nine years at the helm.
Cheryl Coppell, joined the authority in 2007, with overall responsibility for more than 300 council services from social care, housing, libraries, parks and schools to maintaining and improving roads.
An advertisement for her replacement will be released later this month with the hopes of recruiting a new chief executive by April.
She said: “I have been very proud to serve local people and very lucky to have worked with some great people in Havering.
“I now feel the time is right to pass responsibility to my successor to take the Council forward and continue to improve services to local people.”
Mrs Coppell, who received an OBE for services to local government last year, will stay on until her successor is in post.
Leader of the council, Cllr Roger Ramsey called Mrs Coppell a “fantastic servant” who he managed to persuade once before to postpone her retirement.
The chief agreed in October 2014 to a flexible retirement pattern and has worked part time for more than a year.
Cllr Ramsey said: “Cheryl has been extremely effective leading the council through the many recent challenges and difficulties as a result of the recession and local government budget reductions.”