Rotherham Council advertises for new chief executive to replace Martin Kimber

Martin Kimber (left) and council leader Paul Lakin
Martin Kimber (left) and council leader Paul Lakin
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Rotherham Council has begun advertising for a permanent replacement for chief executive Martin Kimber following his resignation in the wake of the town’s child abuse scandal.

Mr Kimber, who was on a salary of £160,000 per year, was paid £26,666 to leave his post two months early at the end of October - having previously agreed to stay until the end of December.

Interim chief executive Jan Ormondroyd is currently in charge of the council, but a new permanent leader is now being sought.

The advert for the job says it will offer a ‘competitive and negotiable’ salary, with candidates having until December 18 to put in their applications.

The job advert says: “The story of Rotherham has been well documented. It needs little introduction and the headlines speak for themselves.

“We have a significant challenge that requires the very best leadership skills, resilience and experience.

“We will rebuild confidence with our communities, stakeholders and partners.

“Your leadership will ensure we learn from the past but look to the future with renewed confidence. If you’re the right candidate for this role you will understand what it will take to be successful.”

Mr Kimber decided to quit the council following the publication of the Jay report, which found at least 1,400 children had been abused in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

He had initially stated his intention to stay in his post but decided to leave two weeks after the inquiry was published and caused a national scandal.

He said at the time: “I believe that new leadership will enable the town to recover more quickly, and strongly signal a new beginning at this critical time in its recovery.

“The time is therefore now right for me to leave.

“I will be sorry to leave Rotherham but firmly believe that this will leave the council in a stronger position in the future.”

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