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South Somerset and East Devon share chief executive

Mark Williams
Mark Williams had been chief executive at East Devon District Council

South Somerset and East Devon district councils now share a chief executive.

The councils are in the process of combining senior managers in an effort to save millions of pounds.

Mark Williams, who was previously chief executive at East Devon, has taken over from Philip Dolan, who retired early from South Somerset, on Friday.

Both councils will remain separate authorities and retain their own councillors, a spokesman said.

South Somerset District Council is led by Liberal Democrats while East Devon is led by the Conservative group.

A South Somerset District Council spokeswoman said the shared management team could save the councils as much as £2.1m a year, after initial set-up costs of £3,105,000.

She said a joint integration committee was currently being set up and would issue a report on a new structure at the end of the summer.

"If we're going to be sharing managers some of the management posts will be shed," she added.



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