Council leader standing down

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THE boss of a South Yorkshire council has announced he is leaving after 35 years with the authority.

Phil Coppard, aged 60, is stepping down as chief executive of Barnsley Council - a role he has held since January 2000 - in the new year.

He said: “It has been an enormous privilege to serve as the council’s chief executive for such a long period and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved during that time.

“Over the last 12 years, the council has been at the forefront of change and improvement in local government. The most recent challenge has been coping with the savage reductions in the council’s budget. This will require a new direction for the council and new management to take it forward.

“A part of me will be forever Barnsley and I shall follow the future progress of the council and the borough with great interest.”

Council leader Coun Steve Houghton called Mr Coppard a ‘great servant to Barnsley’.