Jo Turton appointed as county council boss

Jo Turton has been appointed as Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council
Jo Turton has been appointed as Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council
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Councillors have agreed to appoint Jo Turton as Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council.

Jo has been in the role on an interim basis since last August, when Phil Halsall was suspended. Mr Halsall later quit the role.

The council went out to recruit a permanent appointee at the beginning of January.

Leader of the council, County Coun 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.

“She brings more than 25 years’ relevant experience to the role and has already established a strong track record at the county council since arriving here in 2009, both as Executive Director for the Environment and in her spell as interim Chief Executive.

“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 county council appointed Jo as its 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.

Her 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.

Jo 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.

“The council faces an extremely challenging time for the foreseeable future, but I know the staff and members here have the passion and creativity to rise to the challenge.

“Despite the financial situation, we’ll also be undertaking some really significant activities in support of local communities including work around transport and the economy, and I’m looking forward to making a positive difference.”

The decision to appoint Ms Turton was approved by the meeting of the Full Council on Thursday, accepting the recommendation of the council’s Employment Committee.