Coun­cil takes on £1,025 a day stand-in for top boss

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CHESHIRE East has used ‘ur­gency pro­ce­dures’ to ap­point an ex­ter­nal con­sul­tant on £1,025 a day to take on some of the du­ties of one of its top bosses while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into of­fi­cer con­duct is un­der­way.

The coun­cil’s staffing com­mit­tee has agreed to put re­vised man­age­ment ar­range­ments in place fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Suarez. Jan Willis will take on the role as in­terim sec­tion 151 of­fi­cer so chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Peter Bates ‘can fo­cus on other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties within his re­mit’.

And deputy mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer Daniel Dickinson has been ap­pointed in­terim mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer and head of le­gal ser­vices to cover an ab­sence.

This means all three of the coun­cil’s statu­tory of­fi­cers’ du­ties are be­ing done by other staff mem­bers, with Kath O’Dwyer ap­pointed act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive while an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into con­cerns about of­fi­cer con­duct is un­der­taken.

Ms O’Dwyer made the new ap­point­ments to­gether at a meet­ing of the staffing com­mit­tee fol­low­ing a staffing re­port from Hu­man Re­sources.

It read: “A re­quire­ment to in­tro­duce im­me­di­ate in­terim ar­range­ments for the role of statu­tory mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer and sec­tion 151 of­fi­cer has re­cently arisen. Given the im­por­tance of th­ese statu­tory roles... ur­gency pro­ce­dures were ap­plied.”

The re­port stated that the £1,025 daily rate of the in­terim sec­tion 151 of­fi­cer will even­tu­ally be re­duced to a monthly salary of £10,626. It added that an in­terim mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer is re­quired ‘for the du­ra­tion of the di­rec­tor of le­gal ser­vices’ ab­sence from work with a pro-rata monthly salary of £2,621.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into of­fi­cer con­duct is on­go­ing.

He said: “Fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee and the in­terim ap­point­ment of act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive, the act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive has taken the de­ci­sion to put re­vised man­age­ment ar­range­ments in place to en­sure that Cheshire East Coun­cil can con­tinue to de­liver ser­vices ef­fec­tively.

“Re­gard­ing the work of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, there is noth­ing fur­ther to add at this time. How­ever, should cir­cum­stances change we will of course up­date res­i­dents, coun­cil­lors and staff.”

Kath O’Dwyer has been ap­pointed tem­po­rary chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cheshire East Coun­cil

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