Deputy chief executive leaves council

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LANCASTER City Council’s deputy chief executive Heather McManus is to leave the authority after her role was scrapped.

As revealed in last week’s Lancaster Guardian, the £77,000 a year post has been scrapped by the authority following a management re-organisation.

Chief executive Mark Cullinan had declined to say whether Mrs McManus, formerly the council’s regeneration director, would be leaving, but in a statement issued this morning, her departure was confirmed.

It said: “As you would expect, as a corporate director and latterly as deputy chief executive, Heather has played an instrumental role in helping shape the service structures we have in place today.

“Having shown great enthusiasm, energy, drive and commitment in both her roles, Heather has played a key role in developing the strategic direction for a number of corporate programmes and important regeneration initiatives.”

Mrs McManus said: “I am delighted our hard work to progress developments such as Luneside East is now taking off and I leave the district confident that it is in a strong position with a very positive future.

“I am personally proud of the part I have played in these changes and achievements.”

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