Consultation launched on possible return of chief executive role at Harrow Borough Council

Consultation launched on possible return of council chief executive role

Consultation launched on possible return of council chief executive role

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The role of chief executive at Harrow Borough council could soon be reinstated after it was scrapped to cut costs.

The council’s Labour administration has announced a consultation of its management structure and whether it should restore the position of chief executive.

The other option for the council would be to continue to have a senior officer taking on some of the duties of the old chief executive post.

Harrow Council will be talking to council employees, school staff, union members and councillors over the proposals with a recommendation due by September.

Its leader, Cllr David Perry, said: “We need the right management arrangements to lead us through the next four years and oversee an unprecedented cuts programme required of us by central Government.

“The previous administration deleted the role of chief executive with a minimal consultation which did not take in the views of staff.

“I pledged that we would consult on this within 30 days of forming the new administration and we are delivering on that.

“We need to ensure we have the right management arrangements for taking Harrow Council forward, and the input of staff and councillors is crucial to that.”

In November last year the Conservative administration scrapped the position to reduce costs, resulting in then chief executive Michael Lockwood leaving his job with a payoff of £168,000.

The leader of the council at the time Councillor Susan Hall said she believed a leaner management structure was right for the authority moving forward to help save the council money and protect front line services.

Before it was scrapped, the position of most senior officer in the council paid an annual salary of £183,097, however the council says no decision has been made on the salary of any future chief executive.

The Conservative administration at the time estimated removing the role would save the council up to £1.2million over four years.

If the position of chief executive is reinstated then a recruitment process could begin later this year.

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11:57am Sat 19 Jul 14

Anthony Harrow says...

Here We Go spending money they don't have what will come next!!
Here We Go spending money they don't have what will come next!! Anthony Harrow
  • Score: 13

11:31pm Sat 19 Jul 14

SeaBee says...

They have just spent the Chief Executive's salary on consultancy fees for the conversion of Pinner Park Farm to an urban wasteland.
They have just spent the Chief Executive's salary on consultancy fees for the conversion of Pinner Park Farm to an urban wasteland. SeaBee
  • Score: 4

10:17am Mon 21 Jul 14

blueharrow says...

since the chief exec post was terminated have resident's in harrow been adversley affected? No. So why should we go back to paying £150k + benefits...usual Labour nonsense
since the chief exec post was terminated have resident's in harrow been adversley affected? No. So why should we go back to paying £150k + benefits...usual Labour nonsense blueharrow
  • Score: 8

11:46pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Harrow Alan says...

blueharrow wrote:
since the chief exec post was terminated have resident's in harrow been adversley affected? No. So why should we go back to paying £150k + benefits...usual Labour nonsense
Scary as it seems the article says the previous chief exec was paid even more than that, and that seems to be without mentioning pensions or anything like that.

It's just too much money to pay one person for being in charge of a local council. It's more than the Prime Minister is paid I think.
[quote][p][bold]blueharrow[/bold] wrote: since the chief exec post was terminated have resident's in harrow been adversley affected? No. So why should we go back to paying £150k + benefits...usual Labour nonsense[/p][/quote]Scary as it seems the article says the previous chief exec was paid even more than that, and that seems to be without mentioning pensions or anything like that. It's just too much money to pay one person for being in charge of a local council. It's more than the Prime Minister is paid I think. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 9

10:35am Tue 22 Jul 14

Harrow Rani says...

Why is it up to the council to decided? Why have we, the taxpayers not been asked for our views. After all, it is our money they are spending. It is very simple really. We don't have the money, so, before he put himself forward for election, David Perry should have been honest enough to admit that unlike Susan Hall, he does not have what it takes to steer this ship safely. I absolutely knew that once in power, this Labour administration will bring the CEO post back. Ludicrously high salary plus pension with the caveat if the person is crap at the job ( like Michael Lockwood) then you give them even more of the taxpayers money to leave! It could only happen in Harrow.
Why is it up to the council to decided? Why have we, the taxpayers not been asked for our views. After all, it is our money they are spending. It is very simple really. We don't have the money, so, before he put himself forward for election, David Perry should have been honest enough to admit that unlike Susan Hall, he does not have what it takes to steer this ship safely. I absolutely knew that once in power, this Labour administration will bring the CEO post back. Ludicrously high salary plus pension with the caveat if the person is crap at the job ( like Michael Lockwood) then you give them even more of the taxpayers money to leave! It could only happen in Harrow. Harrow Rani
  • Score: 4

10:38am Tue 22 Jul 14

Harrow Rani says...

Why is it up to the council to decide? Why have we, the taxpayers not been asked for our views. After all, it is our money they are spending. It is very simple really. We don't have the money, so, before he put himself forward for election, David Perry should have been honest enough to admit that unlike Susan Hall, he does not have what it takes to steer this ship safely. I absolutely knew that once in power, this Labour administration will bring the CEO post back. Ludicrously high salary plus pension with the caveat if the person is crap at the job ( like Michael Lockwood) then you give them even more of the taxpayers money to leave! It could only happen in Harrow.
Why is it up to the council to decide? Why have we, the taxpayers not been asked for our views. After all, it is our money they are spending. It is very simple really. We don't have the money, so, before he put himself forward for election, David Perry should have been honest enough to admit that unlike Susan Hall, he does not have what it takes to steer this ship safely. I absolutely knew that once in power, this Labour administration will bring the CEO post back. Ludicrously high salary plus pension with the caveat if the person is crap at the job ( like Michael Lockwood) then you give them even more of the taxpayers money to leave! It could only happen in Harrow. Harrow Rani
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Yogesh says...

What will be the cost of the consultation? What cuts will the Labour Administration make in services to pay for the Chief Exec? How much is the Chief Exec going to cost the residents of Harrow? Why is there a need for Chief Exec? What value and benefit will the Chief Exec bring to Harrow? What about the cost of Councillors/Cabinet members - is this going up or down?

I suppose like every other question that has been asked before, we will never see any proper responses. How about an open debate on this and other subjects?

Even this will be out of question. There must be someone in the Administration willing to explain to the residents the rational behind the ridiculous decision(s). Ins't there someone?

Too many questions, confusion steps in.
What will be the cost of the consultation? What cuts will the Labour Administration make in services to pay for the Chief Exec? How much is the Chief Exec going to cost the residents of Harrow? Why is there a need for Chief Exec? What value and benefit will the Chief Exec bring to Harrow? What about the cost of Councillors/Cabinet members - is this going up or down? I suppose like every other question that has been asked before, we will never see any proper responses. How about an open debate on this and other subjects? Even this will be out of question. There must be someone in the Administration willing to explain to the residents the rational behind the ridiculous decision(s). Ins't there someone? Too many questions, confusion steps in. Yogesh
  • Score: 1

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