Staffordshire County Council chief executive Nick Bell is leaving for a job in the private sector after four years in post.
Mr Bell joined the council in April 2010 after previous local government posts in Essex, Westminster, Bedfordshire and Harrow. He is moving to become chief executive of education, employment and training firm Prospects Group in the autumn.
Mr Bell's time in Staffordshire has seen a major shake-up at the county council as it looked for new ways of working to manage reduced budgets and increased demand for services.
County Council Leader Philip Atkins said: “Working closely with me and my cabinet over the last four years, Nick has overseen and driven essential and successful changes at Staffordshire County Council through one of the most challenging periods in local government history. “Through his commitment to innovation, value for money and delivering results for local people, Staffordshire County Council is now recognised as an excellent local authority.
“I thank Nick for the immense contribution his leadership has made to improving Staffordshire’s economy, creating more jobs and prosperity for local people, as well as transforming health and social care and improving the way all partners across Staffordshire work together in the interests of our people.”
Highlights of the four years included attracting Jaguar Land Rover to build its new engine manufacturing centre, creating 1,400 jobs at i54 South Staffordshire.
The county council and the NHS also launched the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust, linking health services with social care to create the largest body of its kind in the UK, looking after 1.2m people with 5,500 staff and a £355m budget.
Mr Bell said: “The last four years have proved to be the most enjoyable, challenging and exciting of my career to date. Everything that has been achieved is testament to the passion and commitment of the political leadership, the team at the county council and partner colleagues across the county to do very best for residents. I feel very sad to be leaving Staffordshire County Council, but confident that they will continue to lead the way in transforming the public sector and improving residents lives.”