New county chief appointed

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THE former chief executive of St Edmundsbury Borough Council has taken the top job at Suffolk County Council.

Deborah Cadman was appointed as the authority’s new chief executive on Wednesday night on a £155,000 per year salary - £63,592 less than her predecessor Andrea Hill.

Ms Cadman was chief executive at St Edmundsbury for six years and is currently the chief executive of the East of England Development Agency, which is being wound up by the Government.

She will take the lead as the county council plans to cut £50 million from its budget in the next two financial years.

Other tasks include slashing the cost of senior management, reducing the number and cost of public buildings in Suffolk and delivering the county’s broadband programme.

Ms Cadman said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be offered this role which for me is the most exciting job in Suffolk.

“Throughout my career I’ve been committed to making a difference in the public sector. I’m going to use my experience and passion to make a difference for the whole of Suffolk.”

The political leadership hope her appointment will mark a new chapter for the authority, which has weathered recent controversy surrounding cuts to services, the now defunct New Strategic Direction and salary of its former chief executive.

Leader Mark Bee added: “Suffolk is a fantastic county and the people who live and work here deserve an efficient local authority that delivers good value for money services. The county council is, and does, exactly this - but maybe people haven’t felt that in the past.

“I want to continue the work we’ve started to restore public confidence in the county council and allow our staff to get the recognition they deserve. Deborah is just the person to help us do that.”