Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Can Not Allow a Yes Man to Take over from This Man' Opposition to Idea of Downgrading Role

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Can Not Allow a Yes Man to Take over from This Man' Opposition to Idea of Downgrading Role

Article excerpt

Byline: Dan Warburton

THE next head of the North's flagship council could be a "yes man" if moves to downgrade the post go ahead, it was claimed last night.

Confidential papers will go before Newcastle City Council's constitutional committee next month proposing a string of options for appointing a new chief executive at Newcastle City Council.

Among the options is a move to alter the responsibilities available to the organisation's most senior officer and re-define the position, a decision already implemented in other parts of the country.

But Lib Dem group leader David Faulkner last night criticised any plans by the Labour administration to replace veteran council worker Barry Rowland with a less experienced chief who would have less control over the how the organisation operates.

It is believed that any replacement could be forced to take a 10% pay cut on the pounds 165,000 salary given to Mr Rowland, a father-of-four from County Durham who joined the council in 1979.

Mr Faulkner said that the council would struggle to fill the role should they downgrade the position and take away key powers.

He said: "If they want a chief executive who will follow the instructions of political administration rather than a proper chief executive, they may struggle to find someone who wants the job.

"Of course the politicians must lead, but you have to have a senior management team who have experience and a general set of skills.

"You can't have a chief executive who is just a figurehead. They are responsible for managing 10,000 members of council staff."

He added: "If they want a yes man - or woman - they might struggle to find someone." An internal memo was sent to thousands of council workers on Wednesday detailing Mr Rowland's departure from the council after more than 30 years. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.