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Dudley Council appoints new chief executive from Wolverhampton

Dudley Council has appointed a new chief executive to replace the outgoing leader who leaves in June to join Barnsley Council.

Kevin O’Keefe will take over the top job at Dudley Council after leaving his current post as director of governance at Wolverhampton City Council.

The 54-year-old was selected after a rigorous selection process at a full council meeting, with Sarah Norman departing the role in June to become chief executive of Barnsley Council.

O’Keefe said: “I am extremely excited about the role and I’m already looking forward to getting started.

“Dudley borough has so much to offer, with multi-million-pound regeneration plans and a clear vision to forge a future for all.

“Together with the authority’s dedicated workforce, I am confident I can help lead the council positively over the coming years.”

O’Keefe joined Wolverhampton City Council in June 2014 as interim director of law and has been director of governance since December 2014.

He has spent 12 years at Herefordshire Council, working as director of shared legal services.


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