SOLIHULL Council’s boss has resigned in the wake of a damming report about the authority’s children’s services.
Nick Page, who has been chief executive of the authority for the past eight years, was at the helm when an Ofsted rated it inadequate.
Inspectors visited the borough in November and noted children face “significant harm” due to delayed responses among other issues.
Mr Page wrote to staff saying he was stepping down with immediate effect.
Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “During his eight years at the Council, Nick has been fully committed to serving the residents of Solihull and I know that this will not have been an easy decision for him to make.
“I would like to thank him for all his hard work, duty and service and wish him well for the future.
“He played a key role in establishing the West Midlands Combined Authority, which has gone a long way in ensuring the growth of Solihull’s economy, providing real jobs and careers for people in Solihull.
“Furthermore, he represented the region at central government level during our response to the Covid pandemic, drawing on his 34 years’ public service experience in the most unprecedented of times.”
Coun Courts added Paul Johnson, the current deputy chief executive under Mr Page, will take on the role of acting chief executive while arrangements are made to find a permanent replacement.