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Smash the glass ceiling and make savings
3:31pm Thursday 7th June 2012 in Letters
FOLLOWING the revelation that departing chief executive DianaTerris was paid £198,519 per year yet another council announcement has raised my eyebrows.
I was amazed to read that Steven Broomhead, the man who was paid £100,000 a year 10 years ago, will take over on a temporary part-time basis for the next six months.
Council leader Terry O’Neill said, “He will play a critical role over the next six months in helping to reshape the council in light of huge financial pressures.”
How can a role that pays nearly £200,000 per year, and one would presume, should be absolutely vital to the good management of the town and the wellbeing of its citizens possibly be professionally and competently carried out on a part time basis?
The decision was made with unanimous cross-party support from the chief officer employment committee, so one can only surmise, they think it can which begs the question how does our present chief executive fill her week?
Surely the council should ratify the job as a part time function with the attendant massive savings that would benefit the ‘huge financial pressures’ we apparently face.
Once the higher management glass ceiling is breeched it would appear that there are more massive savings to be made.
Why not let the chief officer employment committee look at the jobs of the other 14 members of the £100,000 per year club?
KEN MAGILL Walton