New £170k county chief executive revealed

16:55 29 February 2012

John Wood

John Wood


THE new top dog at Hertfordshire County Council was chosen today (Wednesday).

John Wood the current deputy chief executive at County Hall and will step into the Caroline Tapster’s shoes when she retires on May 31.

Mr Wood, who is currently the body’s director of Environment and Commercial Services will receive £170,000 per annum as chief executive. He was recommended for the post after an internal recruitment process and an interview by the cross-party employment committee, which came to a unanimous decision.

Mr Wood said: “This is a challenging and stimulating time to work in local government. Leading the organisation as we strive to provide even better, more responsive, innovative and efficient services to residents and communities will be a privilege.

“With the support of all 77 county councillors, the talented senior management team and Hertfordshire’s dedicated staff, I look forward to the task ahead with confidence.”

Subject to the approval of the full council, which is due to meet on March 27, Mr Wood will take up the reins from Ms Tapster who earned £240,000-a-year.


  • Are we sure it is John Wood and not John Buggins. It is difficult to discern any serious restructuring here and is the implication that the CE post is now deemed part time. Has Ms Tapster a large garden to tidy up pending her early retirement in May?

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    patrick newman

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • So we have now have a Chief Exec. that ONLY earns £27,500 MORE than the Prime Minister..! Just as well Mr Wood doesn't have access to the Nuke deterrent codes as we'd have to knock your salary down to PM levels

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    Friday, March 2, 2012

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