Mayor Pays Tribute to Retiring Chief Executive

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior reporter mike.blackburn@eveninggazette.co.uk

THE chief executive of Middlesbrough Council will step down at the end of March.

Gill Rollings (left) took on the authority's top job on a wage of PS142,000 following a spell as the council's director of children, families and learning.

She was appointed on an interim basis for up to two years in July, 2012, as part of an ongoing restructure of senior management in the authority. Since then Ms Rollings has overseen the development of plans for transformation in the way the authority delivers services in face of severe public sector budget cuts.

The process to appoint her replacement is now under way.

Ms Rollings has worked in local government for more than 35 years, starting her career with Cleveland County Council before moving to posts in social care and education in Hartlepool and South Tyneside. She joined Middlesbrough Council in 2007, going on to oversee the re-organisation of children and young people's services in the town, developing and strengthening partnerships with schools and ensuring child protection remained a key priority. …

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