New chief executive set for Rotherham Council

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Rotherham councillors had until last night to comment on the selection of a new chief executive for the town’s authority.

Sharon Kemp, a strategic director at Manchester Council, is the preferred candidate for the £160,000-a-year role.

She is set to replace Martin Kimber, who stood down after the Jay report revealed the town’s child grooming scandal and how it had been ignored by authorities.

Commissioners were then brought in to run the council, and they will make the appointment of the new chief executive.

But they have also written to all councillors to seek their comments and advice, with a deadline of yesterday.

Sharon Kemp has been assistant chief executive at Manchester and Haringey Council in London in the aftermath of the Baby P case.

She said she had helped the council to change the way it worked to meet funding cuts. She added: “I believe this experience, allied with what I learned in my previous roles, will equip me for this new role.”

She added: “I look forward to taking it on and working with the team at Rotherham Council to make a positive difference.”