Council chief to step down

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The man in charge of Dacorum Borough Council has decided to take early retirement.

But before departing in October chief executive Daniel Zammit hopes to get the deal signed on plans for a Morrisons on the civic centre site – a key part of Hemel Hempstead’s regeneration plans.

The 58-year-old has decided to step down so that he can spend more time with his children, Oliver, seven, and nine-year-old Amelia, after a life-threatening health battle made him re-evaluate his priorities.

The departure, which is expected to be signed off by Cabinet on March 26, could also save the council money as it is expected the position will be filled internally, pulling back around £120,000 in a year.