Derbyshire Dales council consider options as chief executive retires

Derbyshire Dales District Council chief executive Dorcas Bunton is to retire on May 31.
Derbyshire Dales District Council chief executive Dorcas Bunton is to retire on May 31.

Councillors are making plans for the future operational leadership of Derbyshire Dales District Council following the announcement that its chief executive is to retire.

Dorcas Bunton will step down on May 31 following six years in the post, and a total career of 39 years in the public sector.

She said: “I am very fortunate in retiring from local government at Derbyshire Dales, a beautiful part of the country, rich in tradition and community spirit.

“It is not easy working in the public sector at the moment as there have been years of trying to do more with less. However, I have worked with a phenomenal team of people whose commitment to the communities they serve is second to none.”

Dorcas revealed her intentions to senior councillors at the end of February, and on the Thursday, April 12, the full council will meet to discuss their options.

They will be asked to consider whether the council needs a chief executive, if it could explore sharing the role, and whether a suitable internal candidate is available.

A report prepared for the meeting said: “As the council moves to introduce a more commercial approach and works more with businesses, they will expect as clear a structure and hierarchy of responsibility as they exercise in their own businesses.”

To read the report in full, visit derbyshiredales.gov.uk/committee. The meeting will be broadcast on YouTube.