New chief exec for the county

Jo Turton.
Jo Turton.

A new chief executive has been appointed at Lancashire County Council.

Jo Turton, who has been in the role temporarily since last August, has been given the job on a permanent basis.

Ms Turton’s career in local government began 26 years ago and she has also worked for the Audit Commission, assessing the performance and value for money of public services.

She was appointed the county council’s Executive Director for the Environment – responsible for service areas including roads, transport and waste – in February 2009.

Prior to that she held senior roles at Shropshire County Council as Assistant Chief Executive and interim Director for the Environment.

Ms Turton said of her appointment: “I’m extremely proud to have ! been appointed, not least because in my five years here to date it has been evident how very capable and committed colleagues across the council are to delivering the best possible services.”

Leader of the council, County Councillor Jennifer Mein, said: “We had an excellent field of candidates and it is testament to Jo’s considerable knowledge and experience that she has got the job on a permanent basis.

“As a result of Government cuts, we really are entering the most challenging period this organisation has ever faced. I’ve every confidence Jo has the vision and leadership skills needed to take the council through that period while maintaining the highest standards of service for people across Lancashire.”

The previous chief executive, Phil Halsall, quit his role in October 2013 following a disciplinary investigation over allegations BT was shown favouritism when bidding for a £5m contract to run the authority’s fleet services.