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by Kate Shannon
01 June 2015
New Edinburgh council chief executive to start work in July

New Edinburgh council chief executive to start work in July

Andrew Kerr has been confirmed as the new chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Councillors unanimously approved a report recommending his appointment at a meeting last week.

Kerr, who is currently chief executive of Cornwall Council, will replace Sue Bruce on July 27.

He said: “This is a tremendous honour and a fantastic opportunity to lead one of the most high profile local authorities in the United Kingdom.

“There are undoubtedly major challenges ahead with increasing demands for council services and reducing budgets but I will do my utmost to ensure that the council continues to work hard for the city and everyone who lives, works, visits and invests here.

“Clearly, a great deal has been achieved in Edinburgh in recent years, and I am looking forward to working closely with elected members, officers and our partners to ensure that we build on those successes.”

Kerr has worked for 32 years in the public sector and started his career in Falkirk District Council.

He previously represented Great Britain at an international level in the 400 metres and is married with three children.

Council leader Andrew Burns said: “I’m delighted that Andrew Kerr’s appointment received unanimous backing from councillors today.

“It was clear from the recruitment process that he has the qualities required to take on the role and I look forward to working closely with him to shape the continued success of our city.”

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