Council chief Steve to leave at Christmas

HIGHLY PRAISED: Burnley chief executive Steve Rumbelow.
HIGHLY PRAISED: Burnley chief executive Steve Rumbelow.

Burnley Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend has paid tribute to Steve Rumbelow’s ‘major contribution’ to developing Burnley’s economy and profile, as it was announced that the Burnley chief executive has been appointed to a new chief executive role at Rochdale Council.

Coun. Townsend also made clear that “it will be business as usual at Burnley Town Hall, and for all our services and our partnership work”.

“We have a clear strategy for how we will be delivering our services in future, and how we will meet our budget challenges at the same time as delivering on the top priorities for the borough.

“That will continue. We have recently made changes to the senior management team, and are putting in place the right structure to take the borough forward. On that basis, we will start a recruitment process for this important role. I am confident that this will attract high calibre candidates.

“I would like to put on record my appreciation of Steve’s contribution to Burnley since joining the council in 2006. Working with all councillors, he has steered our services through a range of challenges, overseen major projects, and helped build a really positive reputation for the council and the borough.

“In particular, his enthusiasm for working closely with private sector employers, and encouraging investment into our area, has been really important in improving local prospects for jobs and the economy. This is just one of the areas Steve has worked on which we will continue to build on.

“Our loss will be Rochdale’s gain – but we wish Steve all the best in this next phase of his career”.

Steve Rumbelow, who will leave at Christmas, said: “I have enjoyed my time in Burnley immensely.

“It is a great place, with great people, and the staff at the council really work hard delivering the best possible services to people. I will miss the place, but I am of course looking forward to my new challenge in Rochdale”.