Council chief exec to step down after taking ‘flexible retirement’ last year
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The search for a new chief executive of Redbridge Council is set to begin after Roger Hampson announced he will be retiring from the role next year.
Mr Hampson, who decided to go part-time around 18 months ago, has said he will step down on June 30 next year.
In a statement, he said: “I have given this long notice so that the search for a new chief executive, and the transition, can be well managed.
“The council faces a huge challenge over the coming years as it seeks to protect service provision and support the most vulnerable in the borough, in the face of a sustained programme of government cuts and significant demographic pressures.
“I will leave behind a council well placed to meet the challenge. We have begun an ambitious transformation programme, have a strong history of delivery and innovation, and most of all have very capable staff at all levels.
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“I know that they will all continue to do the best for the borough. I remain as dedicated as ever to Redbridge and look forward to the coming year.”
While it is not yet clear whether Mr Hampson’s successor will be full-time or part-time, the officer – who has been in the role for the past 15 years – made a town hall rich list in 2013 when his annual paypacket was £223,478.
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After taking “flexible retirement” last year, he insisted he was doing the same job part-time – drawing criticism from the TaxPayers’ Alliance who questioned what he had been doing in the first place.
They also criticised him for “double-dipping” by taking his £63,204 annual pension and halving his basic salary to £90,771.
A council spokesman said at the time: “There is no implication that he will work only half the time, or carry only half the workload.”
Mr Hampson has worked in local government since 1986 and was previously a research academic specialising in economics.