Council confirms departure of missing ALMO chief
The chief executive of the country’s biggest arm’s-length management organisation is to step down with immediate effect.
Peter Morton, chief executive of Sheffield Homes, which manages 42,000 homes for Sheffield Council, will leave the organisation today. His post will be made redundant, along with the post of director of customer services. Janet Parry, who current holds the post, will take voluntary early retirement at the end of August.
Janet Dean, chair of Sheffield Homes Board said: ‘Peter Morton and Janet Parry represent two of the most accomplished, experienced and respected housing officers in the country. Their service to Sheffield Homes and Sheffield Council over almost three decades has been exemplary.’
Mr Morton said: ‘As the city’s council housing service starts laying new foundations, I have decided it’s time to step down by taking voluntary early retirement.’
Earlier this month, Inside Housing reported that Mr Morton had not been at work since mid-May without explanation to councillors and tenants.
It is understood that Mr Morton’s absence was related to the decision to bring social housing back under the wings of the city council. In February, tenants and residents overwhelmingly voted in favour of the local authority managing their homes.
Since it was set up in 2005 the ALMO has achieved three-star excellent status from the Audit Commission for its services on three occasions, making it one of the best ALMOs in the country.