Second exec director to leave council as Croydon cuts flowers

Croydon Council is to lose another of its six-figure salary executive directors when Tom Jeffrey stands down from the community services department in September.

Jeffrey’s departure is not much of a surprise – recruited from Sutton just three years ago, the experienced local authority worker was already close to retirement. The timing means that Croydon, rather than Sutton, will pick up the pension contributions for the final three years of Jeffrey’s employment, on £138,000.

Jeffrey’s exit from Taberner House was announced by Croydon Council internally today. The council’s release describes Jeffrey as “retiring”, but states that he will “pursue a career as a consultant and interim manager”.

Jeffrey is the second exec director to leave Croydon in a matter of months. According to senior council sources, Emma Peters was a frustrated figure when she resigned as executive director for planning, regeneration and conservation earlier this year.

The announcement of Jeffrey’s retirement comes just days after Croydon Council’s axe fell on its highly successful Croydon in Bloom event, which came under Jeffrey’s aegis. In 2010, Croydon – despite having a reputation, according to one of the borough’s MPs, “for rather unwelcoming 1960s architecture and for crime and anti-social behaviour” – secured a Champion of Champions Gold at the London in Bloom Awards, the borough’s highest ever achievement.

In today’s announcement from the council, unusually there was no comment attributed to Jeffrey’s boss, Croydon chief executive Jon Rouse, nor from the leader of the council, Mike Fisher.

Jeffrey was quoted as saying:  “Croydon is a much stronger organisation than it was three years ago and I have enjoyed playing my part in creating this.  I’m very proud of my team’s achievements.”

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