Mike Jackson appointed as chief executive of North Somerset Council
A new chief executive has been chosen for North Somerset Council.
Mike Jackson, 46, who is currently director of environment, transport and development at Norfolk County Council, takes up the position from November.
Mr Jackson, who will earn £145,000 per year, succeeds Graham Turner who will retire after 12 years in the role.
His appointment was made at a full meeting of the council on Thursday evening. More than 30 people had applied for the position.
Conservative councillor Tony Lake, who is responsible for human resources, said Mr Jackson would not be paid less than Mr Turner despite recent measures to cut the cost of senior management.
"North Somerset Council has a policy to pay 10% below the median for senior posts... [but] there has to be a level where you can attract the best people to the job," he said.
Mr Jackson, who earned £138,500 a year at Norfolk County Council, oversaw projects including the dualling of the A11 and the purchase of the RAF Coltishall site.
He was also in charge of controversial plans for a waste incinerator at King's Lynn, which has been the subject of a public inquiry.
Mr Jackson is the latest senior officer to leave Norfolk County Council.
Chief executive David White left in April and Lisa Christensen, director of children's services, stepped down last month after criticism of her department by Ofsted and pressure from MPs.