A SOON-TO-BE council chief executive has vowed to commit to the growth of his town.

Burnley Council is set to appoint Mick Cartledge to its most senior position.

This comes as the former candidate, Pam Smith, announced her departure in May after two-and-a-half years in the job.

Mr Cartledge,who has worked with the local authority since 2001, is currently the chief operating officer and was selected for the top role after a robust recruitment process.

Mr Cartledge said he wanted to continue the good work left by his predecessor.

He said: “I am really looking forward to taking on the role of chief executive.

“There is a real commitment by councillors, officers, businesses and residents to drive forward and further improve the borough.

“I want to capitalise on that commitment, and accelerate inclusive growth that will benefit all our residents.”

His predecessor Mrs Smith, 52, from Burnley was appointed as Stockport Council’s chief executive in Greater Manchester.

Mrs Smith said the ‘Brilliant Burnley’ story would continue from strength to strength with the new appointment.

Mr Cartledge is also the chairman of the Burnley Action Partnership, and the council’s client officer for Burnley Leisure and the recently formed Leisure Trust.

A special meeting will be held at Burnley town hall on Wednesday, September 6, for councillors to approve the recommendation to appoint Mr Cartledge.

Cllr Mark Townsend, leader of the council, said the appointment was a positive move for the town.

He said: “This is a key role for the council and our borough.

“Mick is an excellent candidate who stood out among a very good shortlist of candidates who applied for the post when it was nationally advertised.

“Mick will now be able to build on his in-depth knowledge of Burnley and his strong links with our partner organisations as he works with myself and other councillors to build on the town’s achievements to date and deliver further successes in future.

“I know that Mick is looking forward to working ever more closely with councillors and colleagues to develop and implement our clear vision for Burnley and its residents.”

Mr Cartledge has previously worked at Bradford District Council and Craven District Council.