Uttlesford Conservatives statement on the resignation of the District Council Chief Executive
The Uttlesford District Council Conservative Group has expressed its sadness and regret following an announcement by the District Council’s Chief Executive, Dawn French, notifying councillors of her resignation in August.
Councillor Chris Criscione, Leader of the Conservative Group at Uttlesford, said: “It was a bit of a shock to us all, but in particular those newer members of the Council who have had constant support, guidance and advice from Dawn since the elections back in 2019. Under Dawn’s leadership as Head of the Paid Service, the Council has delivered good value for residents’ money, exemplary service performance in key areas such as planning, refuse collection and business support, as well as supporting council administrations in delivering on their ambitions for the District. We know that Dawn cares a lot for her family and friends, so we are also very pleased that she will be able to spend more time with them as we also emerge from the lockdowns caused by the public health emergency. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”
An appointments committee is to be established at Uttlesford’s Annual Full Council on 18 May 2021 to assess candidates for the Chief Executive Role and make recommendations to the wider Council.
Susan Barker, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group and District Council stalwart, had this to say: “It’s crucial that the Head of Paid Service is someone who recognises the unique challenges of the District and the Council organisation. For many, they will be keen to see someone with a deep-rooted passion for exemplary service for residents and a keen commitment to the people in the Council who work so hard to help residents in the best way that they can.”