Chief Executives can weaken a council’s leadership

5 Mar

It’s not just us who thinks so:

Principal Councils should consider scrapping the post of chief executive and use the money saved to fund frontline services, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
In its submission to the inquiry being conducted into the pay of chief officers in local government, the DCLG stated the post of chief executive is often ‘unnecessary’.
It said: ‘The Government believes that the traditional model of chief executive, with a wide public role and a significant salary, is unnecessary and can weaken the ability of a council’s political leadership to set a direction through the executive role of elected members. 

http://www.slcc.co.uk/news-item/ministers-urge-councils-to-scrap-chief-executive-post/665/

Unfortunately, our council picks and chooses what it takes from its own leadership in government.

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2 Responses to “Chief Executives can weaken a council’s leadership”

  1. Mike Temple March 5, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    But there is even less justification for a chief executive who, instead of serving the public interest, merely carries out the whims of a Council leader.

  2. Not A Developer March 5, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Or is it the Leader carrying out the whims of the Chief Executive?

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