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Interim chief to stay on at Anglesey council

7 September 2010

The interim boss of Anglesey's local authority is set to remain in the role for another year.

David Bowles was hired as interim managing director of the Isle of Anglesey County Council for 12 months last year, following an auditor general report that identified "serious persistent problems" within the organisation.

As a non-Welsh speaker, his appointment was controversial at the time and attracted criticism from Welsh-language pressure group Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg.

However, Mr Bowles will now continue in the role after no suitable candidates with Welsh language skills were found, the BBC reports.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Assembly Government said an option to extend his tenure for another 12 months was contained in the original contract.

"Last month we formally notified the council that we were exercising that option, simply so that Mr Bowles could continue in the post for the time being," she told the news provider.

The assembly government decided to intervene in July 2009 after the auditor general for Wales Jeremy Colman raised the alarm over serious corporate governance failings at the authority.

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