THE new unitary authority for Dorset has taken a step forward as the first recommended appointment has been announced.
The Shadow Senior Appointments Committee has recommended that Matt Prosser be appointed chief executive of the new Dorset Council, which will come into force in April 2019, replacing the existing district and county councils.
This recommendation will be put forward to the full Shadow Council at its meeting on September 27 for agreement.
The decision to recommend that Mr Prosser should be appointed as the first chief executive follows a national search to identify the best candidate to lead the staff of the new council and a recruitment process which started in early June, overseen by independent advisors.
Mr Prosser is currently chief executive of the Dorset Councils Partnership, serving North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth& Portland Councils and is the interim shadow head of paid service for Dorset Council.
Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council will be the first new local authorities to be formed in the UK for ten years. The county is reducing the number of local authorities from nine to two in order to deliver local services more effectively and efficiently.
The move to unitary authorities is anticipated to protect frontline services, reduce costs and give better value for money, with around £108million of savings expected in the first six years.
Councillor Spencer Flower, chairman of the Shadow Senior Appointments Committee said: “We are delighted to recommend Matt as the chief executive of the new council.
“This has been a tough process for all involved, but we are certain this decision is the right one and that Matt will continue to deliver this programme of change, which is the most exciting opportunity for local government in Dorset for over 40 years.”
Further details on the appointment will follow in due course, once the Full Shadow Council has met on September 27.