Cumbria

Eden Council's chief executive quits 'challenging' job

Kevin Douglas
Image caption Mr Douglas has retired after almost four years

The chief executive of a council in Cumbria has retired from his "challenging" job.

Kevin Douglas has stepped down from his post at Eden District Council after almost four years.

He said he had worked with "dedicated" staff but had found the job a challenge amid budget cuts.

A council spokesman said Mr Douglas had "worked hard" to serve Eden. Robin Hooper has taken over as the interim chief executive.

The council, run by a Conservative and Independent alliance coalition, with a Conservative leader, has to make budget savings of £1.1m over four years.

Mr Douglas joined the authority from Harrogate Borough Council in July 2007.

He said: "My time with Eden District Council has been challenging, but I have been fortunate to work with dedicated and professional staff and councillors which ensured the council were able to respond to whatever was thrown at us."

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