Anglesey Council CEO to retire

Anglesey Council

The chief executive of Anglesey Council is to step down this Autumn.

Dr Gwynne Jones will retire this Autumn after seven years with the local authority – including the last four years as its CEO.

The council says it will start the process to find Dr Jones’ replacement shortly, after he told an appointment panel on Monday about his plans to retire.

Dr Jones said it was a ”difficult decision” to retire from the role, but defended the council’s record in the face of ”depleted budgets, year on year”.

He said: ”I was born and raised on Anglesey and it has been an honour to contribute to the lives of its residents.”

”Local government still faces significant challenges in these times of austerity. I have been fortunate to have a team of hugely dedicated and professional staff around me; and elected members who have afforded me their trust and support.”

”There have, of course, been challenging times, but we have achieved a great deal despite our depleted budgets…I will certainly look back at my time here with fondness and pride.”

Dr Jones joined Anglesey Council in April 2012, as its director of lifelong learning, before being appointed as CEO in June 2015.

He previously served as head of schools for Gwynedd County Council from 2003 to 2006, before heading up Cynnal, the curriculum and IT support agency for Anglesey and Gwynedd.

In May, Dr Jones apologised after plans to close three Welsh-medium primary schools were abandoned because council officials failed to comply with Welsh Government guidelines.

But leader, Llinos Medi, said Dr Jones would leave the council in ”a far stronger position”.

She said: ”Gwynne has shown real vision, drive and the utmost dedication…this has been reflected in the progress made in transforming key public services and the numerous positive reports published by our regulators in recent years.”

”He will leave his post later this year with our best wishes…I’m sure I speak on behalf of all our elected members as I wish him well in his retirement.”

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