The next person to lead a council has been announced.

Joanne Wagstaffe has been promoted to become Three Rivers District Council's new chief executive.

Ms Wagstaffe is currently director of finance at the council, joining in 2013.

Council leader Sara Bedford says she and her colleagues are "excited" about the new appointment.

Cllr Bedford said: "I am excited to continue to work with Jo, who has the skills and record of achievement we believe are critical to lead the council. We are all excited to see where Jo’s leadership will take the council in the coming months and years."

Ms Wagstaffe takes up her new role on February 3.

She said: "I am honoured to have been selected as Three Rivers District Council’s CEO. It is a privilege to continue to be part of an organisation that delivers high-quality services and has dedicated staff who are passionate about their work.

"We are a forward-looking council, striving to make a positive impact to our residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and visitors. I will continue to serve the council by enabling colleagues and councillors to make a real difference."

The newly appointed chief executive has been the shared director of resources with both Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council since 2013.

Previously to her current role, Ms Wagstaffe was the director of resources with Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire, director of resources and transformation with Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria, and an assistant director at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester.

Ms Wagstaffe will replace David Hill, who has held a position as interim chief executive in Three Rivers since July 22.

He replaced Dr Steven Halls, who retired in June after more than 15 years in the post.

Council papers revealed Mr Hill's 29-week stint with the council would earn him £113,332.