The head of Sutton Council who was earning more than £169,000-per-year has quit to become the chief executive at Hounslow Council, it has emerged.

Niall Bolger was confirmed into his new role yesterday (September 5) but the decision will not be rubber-stamped until later this month.

Staff were informed of the news by Hounslow Council leader Cllr Steve Curran in a message seen by Sutton Guardian.

He said: “I am delighted to inform you that, following our final interview panel held on Tuesday (September 4), we have appointed Niall Bolger as our new chief executive.

“This was a unanimous decision made by the panel, and subject to ratification at the borough council meeting on September 18.

“As soon as I have agreed Niall’s start date, I will let you know.”

It comes as Hounslow Council’s former chief executive Mary Harpley quit to become the Greater London Authority’s chief officer in May.

She was in the role for more than seven years before taking up the position officially this month.

Mr Bolger was appointed to the post in December 2010 before stepping down after nearly eight years.