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Telford and Wrekin Council boss Victor Brownlees to leave

Telford and Wrekin Borough Council's chief executive is to leave his post as the authority announces plans to become a co-operative.

Victor Brownlees has offered to take voluntary redundancy and will leave by the end of the month if his application is accepted, the council said.

A review of the senior management team is under way, a spokesman confirmed.

The Labour-led authority said becoming a co-operative will mean working closer with residents and partners.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "Becoming a co-operative council is about working closer with residents, staff, partners and other organisations to deliver sustainable services for Telford and Wrekin in co-operation with all stakeholders in the borough."

'New directions'

After winning the the local election in May, the party said it would take 100 days from 27 May to go over the council's accounts before deciding what course to take.

The council needs to make £20m of savings within next year's budget.

Speaking about his departure, Mr Brownlees, who has spent four years with the council, said: "I have enjoyed my time as chief executive of Telford & Wrekin Council during what has been an exceptionally challenging time for local government.

"The new administration has made a clear choice to move to a co-operative council model with a new senior management structure and I judge it is time to take a new direction and pursue other interests which is why I have offered to be considered for voluntary redundancy."

Council leader Kuldip Sahota said: "Victor has worked tirelessly for this council over the last four years, the last two years of which have been as chief executive at one of the most testing of times for local government against a background of unprecedented cuts in government funding."

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