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Joint statement - Jacqui Kennedy

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Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Birmingham City Council’s Director of Neighbourhoods, Jacqui Kennedy, has announced that she has retired from the council after over 41 years’ service.

During this time the council has seen a difficult period of national spending reductions, and she has overseen a series of changes within the Directorate she led.

Jacqui said: “It has been an honour and privilege to serve Birmingham throughout my career and to witness the journey that the city council is on.

“I remain passionate about public service and local government and wish the council well in the next phase of improvement.

“I leave behind some talented colleagues and wish to thank them and elected members for their support and commitment during my time with Birmingham City Council. I would also like to thank the partners that I have worked with for their support.”

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “I want to thank Jacqui for her contribution, leadership, hard work and commitment to Birmingham City Council over the last 41 years. I wish her well for the future.”

The Neighbourhoods Directorate will temporarily be led by Robert James as Acting Director, and announcements on future arrangements will be made in due course.