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Former council chief Steven Broomhead back in old office at Warrington Borough Council
1:50pm Friday 29th June 2012 in News
NEW council boss Steven Broomhead says he will not be applying for the chief executive’s job full time.
He moved back into his old office at the Town Hall, vacated nine years ago, on Tuesday and says while he is looking forward to getting to work – he has no intention of taking on the role on a permanent basis.
Indeed one of the key responsibilities in the six month job will be to get the wheels in motion for a new boss at Warrington Borough Council.
But he said he is looking forward to the challenge of meeting the council’s duty to the most vulnerable in society while also putting Warrington back on the regional map.
He added: “I have worked in the town since 1994 and they chose me because I have good knowledge and have worked with a range of organisations.
“They wanted someone with a proven track record of some successes.
“I always said if they wanted my help I was available although I was not sure it would be in this way.
“I think we have slipped regionally and I will be making sure we are seen as a place to do business again.”
While he will keep his title as professor, he has taken a leave of absence from his job at Liverpool Hope University – with a vow to return to that job in Christmas.
He will also continue as chairman of the Warrington Wolves.
He said one of the big challenges, as with other local authorities in the country, will be to continue to push through savings – with £14million needed to be found next year.
And while the former boss of the town centre based Northwest Development Agency believes it is important to keep the savings coming, it was more crucial staff worked with a smile on their face, and with a commitment to serving the people of the town. “It is a tall order to save the money but we need to make sure we are working as efficiently as possible.
“I don’t need to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”