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Sharon Lea to leave Birmingham city council after 40 years’ service

Sharon Lea to leave Birmingham city council after 40 years’ service

🕔13.May 2015

Sharon Lea, one of Birmingham city council’s top officials, is to take early retirement, it was announced today.

Ms Lea, the Strategic Director of Place, has worked for the council for 40 years.

Her departure comes barely 18 months after surviving a senior management shake-up and being awarded the Place directorship with a remit to deliver localisation and clean, green and safe neighbourhoods.

She was one of the ‘big four’, council chiefs alongside Mark Rogers, the chief executive, Paul Dransfield, deputy chief executive and Peter Hay, strategic director for People.

The council says it plans to recruit a permanent replacement by the autumn.

Ms Lea said in a statement issued by the council:

It’s been a huge privilege to serve the residents of Birmingham. Leading the transformation of many front line services, managing 4,000 staff and nearly a billion pound budget has been incredibly challenging but equally rewarding.

I have worked with some of the most talented and committed people in local government today and, across a diverse range of public and private agencies, our common aim has been to improve the lives of Birmingham citizens.

It goes without saying that I will miss very much my many friends and colleagues at BCC and partner agencies, but wish them continued success in building an even better Birmingham.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council said:

In anybody’s estimation, working for the same organisation for 40 years is a clear sign of loyalty and dedication.

Sharon is a proud Brummie and she has shown her commitment to the city throughout her long career here. I congratulate her on four decades of public service to the citizens of Birmingham and wish her the very best for her retirement.

Ms Lea’s last day of work at the city council will be July 3.

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