Eden Council has appointed Dr Jason Gooding as its acting chief executive on a part-time basis to May, 2021, subject to the agreement of Carlisle City Council.
Speaking at a meeting of full council last night, Karen Greenwood (Ind, Appleby), Eden’s resources portfolio holder, said that sharing an acting chief executive with Carlisle City Council was the preferred option to replace Rose Rouse, who left the authority at the end of August.
“This option has the lowest cost (£33,500) and is equal quickest to implement and whilst its part-time nature would not be a like-for-like replacement of capacity that a full-time interim could bring, this option has the added advantage of bringing local knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the council — including local government reorganisation,” said Mrs Greenwood.
Les Clark, who joined Eden Council as its director of people and place in September, 2019, and had latterly been working as acting head of paid service in the absence of a chief executive, was appointed as the district council’s deputy chief executive.
In addition, Paul Sutton was appointed as returning officer and electoral registration officer for Eden District Council, while Lisa Tremble was appointed as its deputy electoral registration officer.