Senior Shropshire Council officer to take over another authority
One of Shropshire Council’s most senior officers is leaving his post to become chief executive at another authority.
George Candler, Shropshire Council’s director of place and enterprise, has been a key figure in the purchase of Shrewsbury’s shopping centres, the review of the town’s Quarry swimming pool, the county’s libraries, and changes to parking charges.
Mr Candler, who has worked for the council for the past 12 years, will leave his job at the end of April, when he will take on a new role as chief executive at Northampton Borough Council.
Shropshire Council spokesman John Palmer said: “George has been in Shropshire for the last 12 years, originally starting as assistant director for culture and learning at the previous Shropshire County Council before moving into Shropshire Council when it was created as a unitary council in 2009.
“Over the years George has held a number of roles across the council, culminating in his most recent role as director of place and enterprise, which he has held for the last two and a half years.
“Over the years George has lead on a number of significant projects; in the early years being one of the project leads at Shropshire County Council, alongside the five district councils and borough councils bringing together all of culture and leisure into a single team.
“He has also led on new ways of working particularly in libraries, leisure and youth activities, and most recently has been the lead officer in the acquisition of the three shopping centres in Shrewsbury.”
Mr Candler has worked extensively on some of the council’s biggest projects in recent years.
Speaking in December Mr Candler said that buying Shrewsbury’s Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside shopping centres, would allow the council more control over the regeneration of the area – particularly Riverside.
He said: “It is in need of some pretty substantial improvement.
“By taking control of that footprint it lets us look at the wider footprint of what we want to do with the area.”
Mr Candler will replace Simon Bovey who has been Northampton Borough Council’s interim chief executive since the start of September.