Ipswich council interim chief given permanent post

Russell Williams Russell Williams took over in December, following Mr Hehir's death

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A town planner who took over at a Suffolk council following the death of its chief executive has been given a permanent contract to remain in post.

Russell Williams, 38, became interim chief executive at Ipswich Borough Council after James Hehir, 61, died in November 2009.

The decision to keep him in the post permanently was ratified by all councillors on Wednesday.

The father-of-two was formerly a director and head of planning.

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