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Liverpool council chief executive to retire

Colin Hilton
Colin Hilton was appointed in 2006

The chief executive of Liverpool City Council, Colin Hilton, has announced he is to retire.

Mr Hilton, who was appointed in 2006, said in a statement he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at the council but felt the time was right to leave.

He added that it was time for someone else to take the city into the next phase of its development.

Councillors in the city are set to discuss the move at a meeting later in the month.

Mr Hilton was born on Merseyside and graduated from the University of Wales before teaching for 10 years in Bridgend, Coventry and the United States.

He worked for Buckinghamshire, Knowsley and St Helens councils before taking the position of executive director for education in Liverpool in October 1999.

In 2006 Mr Hilton became a CBE for services to education.

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