Worcestershire County Council has announced the name of its new Chief Executive.
Steve Stewart, formerly the Chief Executive of the City of York Council, will replace Clare Marchant who leaves the council at the end of June.
Mr Stewart began his career in local government nearly 40 years ago. As well as running the City of York Council, he has also previously been the Chief Executive at Northumberland County Council.
Following the confirmation of his appointment as Interim Chief Executive at today's Full Meeting of Worcestershire County Council he said: "I am very much looking forward to coming to Worcestershire. My aim is to build on the existing strengths of the council and the work that has been led by our political leadership and by Clare Marchant. I will be looking for Worcestershire County Council to continue to deliver improvements in the quality of services that we provide for our residents."
The Leader of Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Simon Geraghty said: "I am looking forward to working with Steve. He is an experienced Local Government Chief Executive. He will help us to deliver the ambitions that we have set out in our plan for the county, 'Shaping Worcestershire's Future' and to meet the challenges that we face."
Steve will replace Clare Marchant who leaves the council after 7 years. Clare is to become the new Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS. He will take up the role from 30 June. It is expected that he will continue as Interim Chief Executive for the next 6 to 9 months as the council moves towards a permanent appointment.