Bristol council interim chief executive is Graham Sims

Graham Sims
Image caption Mr Sims has held a number of senior roles on the city council

Bristol City Council has appointed an interim chief executive following the early retirement of Jan Ormondroyd.

Graham Sims will remain in the role until Christmas to allow the incoming mayor time to decide if they want to recruit a permanent successor.

The mayoral election takes place on 15 November.

Mr Sims will be paid a £150,000 salary - less than the substantive post salary of £189,000 - which the council said was in line with market conditions.

He had been strategic director for neighbourhoods and city development.

"The next few months will be challenging as we make the transition to a mayor but it offers huge opportunities for the council and the city as a whole, and I look forward immensely to playing my part as interim chief executive," Mr Sims said.

Simon Cook, leader of the Liberal Democrat-run council, said: "His valuable long-term experience with the council across a range of senior roles will be particularly important over the next few months as we make the transition to a new mayor."

Ms Ormondroyd left at the end of July to spend more time with her family, following her partner's recent diagnosis with a terminal illness, the council said.

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