A Coventry Council boss who has been job-sharing with the “Greater Birmingham” authority won’t apply for the permanent regional role, it has been announced.
Martin Reeves, Coventry City Council’s Chief Executive, has been working three days a week at the West Midlands Combined Authority for more than 12 months on an interim basis – while also working at the Coventry authority.
But now Mr Reeves, who earns over £200,000, has announced that he won’t seek to stay at the Greater Birmingham authority for good.
“My role at the combined authority has been, and continues to be, a real privilege for me,” he said in a statement.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of politicians, partners and officers at all levels, we have made incredible progress over what has been a relatively short amount of time.
“This has enabled us to build a solid foundation for the incoming mayor and chief executive.
“The post of chief executive at the biggest combined authority in the country must be one of the most exciting public sector jobs on offer at the moment.
“However, my decision not to apply is based on an even stronger desire to continue the impressive journey we have started at Coventry,” he added.
It is understood a new Chief Executive will be appointed in September 2017. The job is being advertised with pay of over £150,000.