Dorset County Council's Chief Executive retires after 14 years in charge
Dorset County Council's Chief Executive has stepped down from his role after almost 14 years.
David Jenkins has retired after joining the council in 1989 as Deputy County Solicitor. Debbie Ward will take over from Mr Jenkins, having been the council's Director of Adult and Community Services since 2010.
"It's been a very great privilege to work for so long in this very special county" said Mr Jenkins.
"I have been particularly fortunate to work with some very committed and able people, and I was very touched that so many leading councillors - past and present - joined me to mark my retirement."
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Former council leaders attended a special lunch to honour Mr Jenkins' career, along with current council chairman John Wilson.
"David is a fine example of good leadership combined with a caring attitude" added Mr Wilson.
"The people of Dorset of all ages, from children to the elderly, have benefited hugely from the way that David has guided their county council through the past 13 years and more - and especially during the current economic times."