Exclusive: Pickles’ quandary over ‘boomerang boss’ for Doncaster
A favoured candidate for the chief executive’s role at Doncaster Council is a ‘boomerang boss’, placing communities secretary Eric Pickles in a tricky position over the appointment.
The communities secretary has power of veto on any candidate as Doncaster remains under special measures overseen by the government.
A recruitment panel comprising the Mayor in Doncaster and councillors has put a shortlist of two candidates forward.
However, Mr Pickles faces the prospect of hiring a so-called ‘boomerang boss’, despite his criticism of council chiefs being paid off in one authority, only to re-emerge elsewhere.
A source close to Doncaster told LocalGov.co.uk sister title The MJ: ‘I would be astonished if he agreed the appointment of someone who has been paid off by several other councils.
‘After all his criticisms of the sector, it would be downright hypocrisy.’
At least the Council workers are consistant, attacking other posters, Like they threaten to withdraw services by striking. Do we really need Councils?? They do need to get on with the day job and spend less time on social networking Not very 'Loyal' eh . .J Smith, Added: Thursday, 13 October 2011 03:08 PM
Great to see J Smith has so much time on his hands to comment on this site. I would welcome some more informed commentary/debate.M Loyal, Added: Wednesday, 12 October 2011 05:52 PM
I don't understand why he's appointing a Chief Exec at all. Why doesn't he turn the Mayor into an executive mayor? After all that's what he claims to believe everyone else should have. And who is this J. Smith who seems to know the local govt scene so remarkably well? Pickles should appoint him as an adviser.John Emms, Added: Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:38 PM
Something needs to be done about these failed Chief Execs who are ripping off the CT payer. Who will get a grip of it, as the Cllrs seem to go native as soon as elected. Do they really need one, a good interim manager could sort out the messJ Smith, Added: Wednesday, 12 October 2011 03:38 PM
Whether the Government like it or not LG's are democratically elected bodies and should be given the powers to behave as such. The localism agenda is in place to breakdown LG into small communities a sort of divide and conquer policy. It's time to decentralise the decision making in the UK and I can't see Central Government doing that. If it did local residents would probably take more interest because they would see local democracy in action rather than words from Whitehall.Stephen Reimer, Added: Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:38 AM
What a sorry state local government has come to when this idiot has the final say as to who is appointed. by the way is this localism?Chris Kitcher, Added: Tuesday, 11 October 2011 07:49 PM
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