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Broomhead could keep Town Hall job for next 12 months

Warrington Guardian: Steven Broomhead will stay in place until next year Steven Broomhead will stay in place until next year

WARRINGTON Borough Council could be without a new permanent chief executive for the next 12 months.

An interview of five shortlisted candidates, including some currently employed at the Town Hall, on Wednesday ended without the five member appointment committee being able to agree on a new boss.

Steven Broomhead, acting as interim chief executive, has a contract until May although that is likely to be extended - perhaps until the end of 2013.

Councillors are unlikely to be rushing into advertising for the position again soon.

Clr Terry O'Neill, council leader (LAB Burtonwood and Winwick), said: "We had good candidates but there was no outstanding candidate and we unanimously agreed not to appoint."

Clr Ian Marks (LD - Lymm) said he felt the council was in ‘safe hands’ with Mr Broomhead in charge but said a permanent replacement must be in place before the council can look to make any long term decisions.

He added: “It was felt that unanimous support was right and this not forthcoming. A lot of time and effort went into the process and it is disappointing that no appointment was made.”

Mr Broomhead, who has the role full time in the early 2000s, has been acting as a caretaker boss since Diana Terris left to move to Barnsley in the summer.

His current contract runs until May but that is likely to be extended until the end of the year.

Clr Paul Kennedy, Conservative leader, Hatton, Walton and Stretton, said: “It is a sign of great strength in an organisation that you do not feel under pressure to appoint.”

Mr Broomhead said he was happy with the current arrangements and would be happy to discuss any possible extensions.

There were 34 applicants for the post which was advertised originally in the autumn.

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8:14am Fri 7 Dec 12

the dr who says...

its nothing but a joke, if our pathetic council cant choose a new person from the people who applied then perhaps they should lose the right to choose.

jobs for the boys
its nothing but a joke, if our pathetic council cant choose a new person from the people who applied then perhaps they should lose the right to choose. jobs for the boys the dr who
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10:50am Fri 7 Dec 12

grey_man says...

To be fair to the council, the last thing they need right now is a repeat of Diana Terris's disastrous tenure, so if the right candidate isn't there, they shouldn't appoint. There are a number of people within the council in senior positions who would improve the organisation by leaving however.
To be fair to the council, the last thing they need right now is a repeat of Diana Terris's disastrous tenure, so if the right candidate isn't there, they shouldn't appoint. There are a number of people within the council in senior positions who would improve the organisation by leaving however. grey_man
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10:55am Fri 7 Dec 12

Nick Tessla says...

You have to wonder whether the prospect of working with the divided Labour Junta is putting any "outstanding" candidates off.


With tax arrangements being a hot potato at the moment - does anyone know whether Mr Broomhead is being dealt with as a normal employee for the purposes of income tax and NI?
You have to wonder whether the prospect of working with the divided Labour Junta is putting any "outstanding" candidates off. With tax arrangements being a hot potato at the moment - does anyone know whether Mr Broomhead is being dealt with as a normal employee for the purposes of income tax and NI? Nick Tessla
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12:05pm Fri 7 Dec 12

old-codger says...

Mr Broomhead said he was happy with the current arrangements and would be happy to discuss any possible extensions. ....

His salary is also complimented with the pension he draw,s from his last time in office, . I would be happy with this arrangement too if I was him..
Mr Broomhead said he was happy with the current arrangements and would be happy to discuss any possible extensions. .... His salary is also complimented with the pension he draw,s from his last time in office, . I would be happy with this arrangement too if I was him.. old-codger
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12:22pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Gorsedd says...

I doubt many of the electorate in Warrington will share Cllr Kennedy's view that “It is a sign of great strength in an organisation that you do not feel under pressure to appoint.” We have come to expect those we elect in the Town Hall will stand around, look on and do nothing while the council staggers out one crisis and into the next, created (at times unlawfully) by those the council employs.That doesn't mean we have any confidence in the organization. Grey_man rightly says there are a number of people within the council in senior positions who would improve the organisation by leaving, and he is not alone in that view. There is little chance of those who look on and do nothing, appreciating there are serious problems, let alone doing anything about them. That is the problem the electorate continually faces in Warrington.
I doubt many of the electorate in Warrington will share Cllr Kennedy's view that “It is a sign of great strength in an organisation that you do not feel under pressure to appoint.” We have come to expect those we elect in the Town Hall will stand around, look on and do nothing while the council staggers out one crisis and into the next, created (at times unlawfully) by those the council employs.That doesn't mean we have any confidence in the organization. Grey_man rightly says there are a number of people within the council in senior positions who would improve the organisation by leaving, and he is not alone in that view. There is little chance of those who look on and do nothing, appreciating there are serious problems, let alone doing anything about them. That is the problem the electorate continually faces in Warrington. Gorsedd
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