Chief executive of council appointed

Doncaster Council's Acting Chief Executive Jo Miller.
Doncaster Council's Acting Chief Executive Jo Miller.

DONCASTER Council has appointed a new permanent chief executive after more than a year under Government control.

Jo Miller is set to take over from Rob Vincent who has been in charge at Doncaster Council since July 2010 after being told by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to turn around the failing authority.

Mrs Miller, whose appointment was approved by Mr Pickles, is currently deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association.

She ran Doncaster Council for a number of weeks in summer 2010 after previous chief executive Tim Leader stepped down and before Mr Vincent was appointed by the Government.

The appointment is subject to endorsement at full council next week and carries a salary of £147,500-£162,000

Mr Vincent’s contract is set to end in December.

Mrs Miller said, “It is an honour and a privilege to be chosen to serve as the new chief executive of Doncaster Council. During my short stint as interim chief cxecutive last summer Doncaster and its people got beneath my skin and it is exciting to be part of Doncaster’s positive future.”

Councillor Glyn Jones, who chaired the appointment panel said, “Getting the right chief executive for Doncaster going forward was an extremely important decision. The Secretary of State has appointed someone who can work with members, the mayor and officers to carry on the positive work Rob Vincent has already started.”

Mayor Peter Davies added, “I am extremely delighted that Jo has been recommended as our new chief executive. We developed an excellent working relationship during her time here last year and I am confident that we can pick this up and deliver what is in the best interests of Doncaster.”

A start date for Mrs Miller has yet to be agreed.

Mrs Miller has been deputy chief executive at Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council and a senior director at Knowsley Council.

She has been deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association since 2009.

The Government intervened in the running of Doncaster Council after poor governance was revealed in a damning Audit Commission report that the watchdog described as the worst it has produced into a council in 30-years.

The appointment of a new chief executive was one of several intensive measures drawn up to turn the council around.