Dorset

Dorset tri-council chief to be appointed by March

Weymouth council offices Image copyright chris talbot
Image caption Weymouth and Portland council was the last of the three authorities to vote on the merger

Three councils in Dorset are to have a shared chief executive by March 2015.

Last month, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council agreed to merge with North Dorset and West Dorset district councils in a bid to save £6m by 2020.

The authorities said the appointment of the chief executive would be followed by a senior management team, which would rationalise the councils' assets.

A consultation to ask residents want they want the new "tri-council" to achieve will end on 16 January.

A single workforce is to be created by the merger. No estimates have been given about the potential number of job losses.

West Dorset District Council already shares a chief executive with Weymouth and Portland - Matt Prosser - whose published salary is between £110,000 and £114,999. North Dorset chief Elizabeth Goodall earns between £82,360 and £91,870.

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