County council to reinstate chief executive post two years after scrapping role

The post of chief executive is set to be reinstated at West Sussex County Council two years after the role was scrapped.

West Sussex County Council
West Sussex County Council

Kieran Stigant stood down in January 2014 and instead of appointing a replacement the council created two new posts for a chief operating officer and a transformation director, roles which were later merged in September 2014.

Since the current chief operating officer Gill Steward, who is on an interim contract, is due to leave the county council in the spring her post is set to be deleted and a new chief executive officer role created.

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On the salary level, a Governance Committee report reads: “It is proposed that the county council takes a prudent but realistic approach to ensure that it attracts and retains the right candidate and that the reward package is closely aligned to the delivery of a set of objectives that are monitored closely.

Gill Steward, chief operating officer of West Sussex County Council, and Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council,

“Following provisional market testing a provisional salary range has been identified for consideration in the event that the proposal for the role is approved.”

There would be no performance bonus in addition to the ‘substantive’ salary proposed, with the setting and delivery of objectives and outcomes agreed by WSCC’s leader, chairman, and cabinet member for finance.

The report argues that the two new roles created in 2014 had delivered ‘what was required’ and a ‘more permanent arrangement for a single point of officer accountability should be made’.

The Governance Committee will decide whether or not to endorse the proposed changes to the council’s corporate leadership Monday January 25, and then an Appointing Committee will handle the hiring process.

Kieran Stigant, former chief executive at WSCC

Since April 2014 around £7.5m of reductions in spend on management graded posts has either been achieved or identified.

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