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Chief executive to leave council
John Foster
Mr Foster is leaving his post after five years in office
Wakefield Council's chief executive is to leave his job after the council paid out 1m to sacked workers and was criticised in a foster abuse case.

John Foster will leave his post after five years in office and weeks after six care workers sacked for whistle-blowing won a joint 1m payout.

The move follows a report into a foster couple's abuse of youngsters which said the council had failed the children.

Mr Foster said in a statement he was ready for new challenges in his career.

He is leaving after his third stint as a council chief executive.

He had previously been the chief executive at Middlesbrough Council and at North Tyneside.

In August Wakefield Council settled the case brought against it at an industrial tribunal by the six care workers.

In an out-of-court settlement the workers were collectively awarded about 1m.

Then in September the council admitted failing children who were sexually abused by a foster couple in the Wakefield area.

Council leader Peter Box said: "He [Mr Foster] has a strong track record in local government and has taken us forward in improving public services and in modernising our business to meet the tough agenda set for councils by government."

Despite the controversy Mr Foster said he thought he had done a good job.

He said: "I am very happy to have had the opportunity to improve services for people in the Wakefield district and to see the council climb up performance ratings and achieve the national title of most improved council."

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