Telford and Wrekin Council approves first MD post

Richard Partington (pic: Telford & Wrekin Council)
Image caption Mr Partington joined Telford & Wrekin Council in 1991

A Shropshire council has approved the appointment of its first managing director - a job that will pay £13,000-a-year less than the chief executive's post it replaces.

Richard Partington, 46, was selected in December by Telford and Wrekin Council for the £137,000-a-year position.

Mr Partington has been acting as managing director designate.

He was the project manager for the creation of the council as a unitary authority, between 1996 and 1998.

Councillors unanimously backed the appointment of Mr Partington at a meeting on Thursday.

Mr Partington, a Wrexham FC fan who has written a book about the football club, started his career in local government as an administrative assistant at North Shropshire District Council.

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