Camden Council chief executive Mike Cooke to retire

CAMDEN Council’s most senior officer, the chief executive Mike Cooke, has emailed councillors today to inform them of his plans to retire.

He tells them:

Dear Members,

It is with mixed feelings that I am writing to let you know that I have decided to retire from my role as the Council’s Chief Executive on 31st March 2019.

Camden is an amazing place and it is an honour to serve this Council and Camden’s residents. There have been a few unexpected challenges along the way but I believe we have weathered them well. We have made huge strides forward, achieved much despite challenging financial circumstances and are now widely respected as a leading council which is innovating and making a difference.

This has been a hard decision not least because I remain as passionate about Camden as when I started in the role and I continue to value working with Camden’s amazing residents, partners, Members and outstanding colleague officers. However, I will have been in post for seven years very soon, which in my view is a long tenure. I have also worked for the Council for 14 years, so I have decided that early 2019 will be a good time to hand over the reins.

I am announcing this now to give the Council enough time to recruit my successor and to enable us to ensure a smooth transition; experience suggests that this could take six months.

I am determined that this will not be a distraction and that until the end of next March it will be ‘service as usual’. I will be firmly at the helm of the organisation and intend to keep very focussed on the job in hand, including not being distracted by retirement conversations!

Kind Regards,

Mike Cooke
Chief Executive
London Borough of Camden

7 Comments on Camden Council chief executive Mike Cooke to retire

  1. How much was he earning? A final salary pension beckons….


    • alanwatson767 // October 1, 2018 at 6:21 pm // Reply

      Do you know the size of the pension for Labour MEPs? Or their possible severance payments?


    • Albert Shanker // October 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm // Reply

      The salary is on the council website – yearly, since 2012 – if you look there… (he was the first Chief Exec to publish senior pay). The highest to lowest paid ratio at Camden is about 10:1 (vs about 149:1 in private sector).


  2. Keith Sedgwick // October 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm // Reply

    What a loss for Camden. Mike represents all that is best in the tradition of Local Government service. He is totally impartial and untainted by any suspicion, of ever working in the interest of privately held, political allegiances, unlike so many Camden officers, before him.


  3. Having worked with Mr Cooke in elections for several years I can add my thanks to him for his charm and professionalism. Thank you !


  4. David Douglas // October 2, 2018 at 12:56 am // Reply

    Having worked with Mr Cooke in elections for several years I can add my thanks to him for his charm and professionalism. Thank you !


  5. Andrew Marshall // October 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    My very best wishes to Mike Cooke who has contributed so much to Camden


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