Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-City Chief Leaves County Job

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-City Chief Leaves County Job

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Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter

NEWCASTLE City Council's former chief executive has has quit his post at Northumberland County Council following a period of sick leave.

Barry Rowland, the authority's executive director of local services, has left the job which paid him PS140,000 to PS145,999 a year.

The authority has said he chose to leave to "pursue fresh challenges" and that his departure follows his return to work after a planned period of absence for medical reasons.

Speaking about his departure, Mr Rowland said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northumberland County Council and am proud of the many achievements I have made, in particular improving the council's frontline services.

"I am leaving confident in the knowledge I have significantly improved frontline services and delivered first-class services for the local community provided by excellent staff."

Mr Rowland is the former chief executive of Newcastle City Council who was paid PS215,000 after being forced out of that authority following a public falling out with its leader Nick Forbes. He took a job at Northumberland in November 2012 and his remit as executive director of local services included neighbourhood services, technical services, public protection, fire and rescue service and business support.

During his time at the council he was "responsible for a number of achievements," the authority said, including "progressing the development of the Ashington, Blyth, Tyne train line"; securing "significant" additional funding to improve roads across the county which saw the council named among the top 10% most improved; completing the dam and flood protection programme in Morpeth; starting construction of the Morpeth Northern Bypass and seeing "significant" improvements in frontline services.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: "I've worked closely with Barry over the last two years on improving our frontline services. …

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