DASS director to leave Wirral Council
Wirral's Director of Adult Social Services, John Webb, is to retire after six years service with Wirral Council.
Mr Webb, who joined Wirral Council in 2004 and became Director of Adult Social Services in 2007, has requested early voluntary retirement.
The announcement was made by Wirral's interim Chief Executive Jim Wilkie.
He said: 'I know that John cares deeply about social services in Wirral, and about the needs of vulnerable people. He will be missed by his colleagues, and the many partner and community organisations and individuals he has worked closely with.
'We wish him well for the future, and thank him for his hard work and dedication,' he added.
John Webb, Director of Adult Social Services, said: 'While there are areas for service improvement, specifically Safeguarding and LearningÂ Disabilities, Adult Social Services in Wirral has much to be proud of including many skilled, dedicated and able staff. The challenges are many and key decisions will require real courage if services are to move on as I believe they must.
'As a public servant my objective has always been to see services improve. I now believe that objective is best served by my departure allowing a fresh start, new thinking and energies to be applied to the demands ahead. I will miss many colleagues including those who have shared their time and wisdom with us on a voluntary basis and wish everyone well for the future.'
A recommendation will be made to Wirral Council's Employment and Appointments Committee on October 26 to approve the early voluntary retirement of John Webb, and the appointment of Howard Cooper, Director of Wirral's Children and Young People's Department, as Interim Director of Adult Social Services for up to nine months. It will also recommend that David Armstrong, Head of Planning and Resources with CYPD, is appointed as Interim Director of CYPD with effect from November 1st.
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