Mark Stokes, Deputy Chief Executive of Breckland Council, will become Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s new Chief Executive next month and will leave the Council after over 25 years service.
Mr Stokes started his career in local government as part of the Council’s Youth Training Scheme back in July 1985. He has worked his way through the ranks to hold the position of Deputy Chief Executive for two local authorities, Breckland Council and South Holland District Council in Lincolnshire.
He has led on a range of high profile projects and initiatives ranging from the introduction of wheeled bin collections and CCTV to the development of state the art leisure centres and successful community projects, including three Welcome Home Parades for the Light Dragoons based at Swanton Morley.
Mr Stokes said; “This was a difficult decision for me to make, the Council has been very supportive over the years in enabling me to develop and progress my career to hold the prestigious position of Deputy Chief Executive.
“The role has provided me with many opportunities, working both nationally and locally within the local government sector, and afforded me the privilege of working with some wonderful people both at Breckland and South Holland District Council’s. What has made my job so rewarding has been rising to the challenges that Local Government has faced over the years, and the sense of achievement it has given me.
“The time is right for me however to take on a new challenge, one that I am very excited about, with the opportunity to progress my career as the new Chief Executive, working with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk”.
New Council Leader Michael Wassell said; “Mark is a well respected officer of the Council, in my experience he has always provided sound and effective advice to the Council. He will be a hard act to follow; on behalf of the Council I wish him every success in his future role.”
Trevor Holden, Interim CEO of Breckland Council has worked with Mark for a number of years and said; “This is a great opportunity for Mark and we wish him every success in his new role. I have worked with Mark for six years and know that he will acquit himself well. He will be missed by all his friends and colleagues at Breckland.”