£115,000 for councils' new chief executive

Dorset Echo: Outgoing chief executive David Clarke Outgoing chief executive David Clarke

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are advertising for a new chief executive who will be paid £115,000 a year.

They are inviting applications for the post of chief executive to lead their shared services partnership.

As the Echo reported recently current chief executive David Clarke retires in April 2014 and the partnership is seeking an exceptional individual to lead the councils through an extremely challenging programme of transformation and change.

The councils maintain that, despite financial challenges, their ambition for 2020 is to be an expanding organisation with a strong commercial focus which drives economic regeneration and delivers high standards for the local community.

A spokesman for the councils said: “This is a critical role which demands an exceptional candidate who will lead an organisation with a 600-strong workforce and budgets/assets worth hundreds of millions.

“The role is for a single chief executive for the two councils, who will share the salary costs of up to £115,000 per annum.

“This represents a cost of around £57,500 for each council, and gives excellent value for money when compared with similar local government chief executive posts in the job market.

“The partnership was recently recognised as leading edge by the Local Government Association.”

Closing date for applications is 27 January 2014.

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1:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

'This represents a cost of around £57,500 for each council, and gives excellent value for money when compared with similar local government chief executive posts in the job market.'
The trouble with just looking at what other similar posts are paying means that these posts get paid more and more.
Why don't they start at a (much) lower salary and see if they get any response?
'This represents a cost of around £57,500 for each council, and gives excellent value for money when compared with similar local government chief executive posts in the job market.' The trouble with just looking at what other similar posts are paying means that these posts get paid more and more. Why don't they start at a (much) lower salary and see if they get any response? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

1:33pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Dave Aitch says...

I could live off that for 15 years. Why/how ? I wouldnt waste it.
I could live off that for 15 years. Why/how ? I wouldnt waste it. Dave Aitch

2:00pm Thu 19 Dec 13

shy talk says...

Nice to see the Council are taking the lead with a “Living Wage”
Nice to see the Council are taking the lead with a “Living Wage” shy talk

3:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Redmic99 says...

Excuse me whilst I choke on my mouthful of gruel........!
Excuse me whilst I choke on my mouthful of gruel........! Redmic99

4:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

What isn't mentioned is that the costs don't stop at the salary, to which must be added a nice little pension pot and other unspecified benefits - I suppose he will need a new office chair cos the current one will have been polished by the behind of the current holder of the post (:o))
He will of course also need a PA and a couple of secretaries, a new laptop, etc.
What isn't mentioned is that the costs don't stop at the salary, to which must be added a nice little pension pot and other unspecified benefits - I suppose he will need a new office chair cos the current one will have been polished by the behind of the current holder of the post (:o)) He will of course also need a PA and a couple of secretaries, a new laptop, etc. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

5:33pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Fred Kite says...

Thank you Mr Clarke for that rubbish in Charles Street, you wont be forgotten.
Thank you Mr Clarke for that rubbish in Charles Street, you wont be forgotten. Fred Kite

6:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

weymouthfox says...

I read in the Echo that councillors were going to discuss if a Chief Executive was required at all. Has that been overlooked? And how about cutting the Chief Executive's salary by 10% as budgets are being cut? Less cream for fat cats.
I read in the Echo that councillors were going to discuss if a Chief Executive was required at all. Has that been overlooked? And how about cutting the Chief Executive's salary by 10% as budgets are being cut? Less cream for fat cats. weymouthfox

7:40pm Thu 19 Dec 13

trymybest says...

is that why the council tax is going up for the first time in a number of years for pay rises at the top,
is that why the council tax is going up for the first time in a number of years for pay rises at the top, trymybest

10:53pm Thu 19 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Love the way every time there is a council story on here some little council loving jobsworth spends an hour trolling through the replys and dings all the anti council comments with the thumbs down.

Sad little man,stop trying to fool the citizens!
Love the way every time there is a council story on here some little council loving jobsworth spends an hour trolling through the replys and dings all the anti council comments with the thumbs down. Sad little man,stop trying to fool the citizens! westbaywonder

5:38am Fri 20 Dec 13

marabout says...

When you consider that the headmaster at a local school gets paid more than this job then it seems good VFM.
When you consider that the headmaster at a local school gets paid more than this job then it seems good VFM. marabout

9:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

marabout says.. When you consider that the headmaster at a local school gets paid more than this job then it seems good VFM

marabout, May I suggest that you are comparing chalk and cheese.
The Head person at a local school has a lot less support staff than the many minions who are there to carry out the bidding of a 'chief executive' and take the blame if anything goes awry.
The head is also more likely to be called to account if things go wrong, both by the board of governors and also by organisations such as OFSTED.
Who calls to account the 'chief executive' when his staff fail to do their job properly, for example road design failures which have to be re-visited at a cost to the tax-payer.
I say again, the job should be advertised at a low figure which should only be increased (in this time of low employment) if there are no suitable candidates coming forward at that lower figure.
I wonder if the 'old boys network' hasn't already picked the person from another authority but I have no evidence or belief that such a thing would ever happen among the upright persons who inhabit the local civil services.
marabout says.. When you consider that the headmaster at a local school gets paid more than this job then it seems good VFM marabout, May I suggest that you are comparing chalk and cheese. The Head person at a local school has a lot less support staff than the many minions who are there to carry out the bidding of a 'chief executive' and take the blame if anything goes awry. The head is also more likely to be called to account if things go wrong, both by the board of governors and also by organisations such as OFSTED. Who calls to account the 'chief executive' when his staff fail to do their job properly, for example road design failures which have to be re-visited at a cost to the tax-payer. I say again, the job should be advertised at a low figure which should only be increased (in this time of low employment) if there are no suitable candidates coming forward at that lower figure. I wonder if the 'old boys network' hasn't already picked the person from another authority but I have no evidence or belief that such a thing would ever happen among the upright persons who inhabit the local civil services. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

8:35pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ksmain says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
'This represents a cost of around £57,500 for each council, and gives excellent value for money when compared with similar local government chief executive posts in the jobIn response to your question:

1. This job is at the lower end of jobs of this nature, and if you advertise it lower it is probably going to attract a less able candidate, which would not be good in the long run.
2. If you had to readvertise because the calibre of the candidates is unacceptable, it just costs more money each time. You would be surprised how much it costs to recruit people.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: 'This represents a cost of around £57,500 for each council, and gives excellent value for money when compared with similar local government chief executive posts in the jobIn response to your question: 1. This job is at the lower end of jobs of this nature, and if you advertise it lower it is probably going to attract a less able candidate, which would not be good in the long run. 2. If you had to readvertise because the calibre of the candidates is unacceptable, it just costs more money each time. You would be surprised how much it costs to recruit people. ksmain

11:28pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Parkstreetshufle says...

marabout wrote:
When you consider that the headmaster at a local school gets paid more than this job then it seems good VFM.
Have you either recently or at some time suffered a lack if oxygen that's lead to brain death?
Are you or have you ever been interned as a mental patient?
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: When you consider that the headmaster at a local school gets paid more than this job then it seems good VFM.[/p][/quote]Have you either recently or at some time suffered a lack if oxygen that's lead to brain death? Are you or have you ever been interned as a mental patient? Parkstreetshufle

1:31am Thu 26 Dec 13

EtaoinShrdlu says...

Luckily the residents have plenty of money so what's the problem? "Trickle down" means when he throws a coin into a beggar's cup it will be spent in the area, benefiting the aforementioned residents. Thatcher would be proud.
Luckily the residents have plenty of money so what's the problem? "Trickle down" means when he throws a coin into a beggar's cup it will be spent in the area, benefiting the aforementioned residents. Thatcher would be proud. EtaoinShrdlu

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