Walsall chief to retire after over four decades in local government

WALSALL Council chief executive Paul Sheehan will retire later this year after over 41 years in local government.

Sheehan has been at the helm of the authority since January 2008 and has played a key role in establishing the West Midlands Combined Authority.

He is also secretary of the Association of Black Country Authorities and Black Country Joint Committee, and chair of the West Midlands Public Service Board.

In the past, Sheehan has acted as an adviser to the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the Local Government Association, and has been a member of the national executive of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives.

He said he has announced his intention to step down now to "ensure a smooth handover towards the end of the year".

"It has been an honour to be the chief executive of Walsall Council, to serve the people of Walsall and to work with so many talented and committed councillors, staff and partners," Sheehan said.

"A lot has been achieved over the past few years and many challenges lie ahead. I remain committed to working for the council until my retirement later in the year."

Sheehan's retirement date will be confirmed once his successor has been appointed.

Council leader Cllr Sean Coughlan said: "Paul is a well-respected chief executive and has been fantastic for Walsall Council. 

"On a personal level, I will be sad to see Paul go. We have had a great working relationship, which helped this council set a financially viable four-year budget - which in itself is a wonderful legacy and ensures Walsall can continue to help those in most need."

“It has been an honour to be the Chief Executive of Walsall Council, to serve the people of Walsall and to work with so many talented and committed Councillors, staff and partners.  A lot has been achieved over the past few years and many challenges lie ahead.  I remain committed to working for the Council until my retirement later in the year."