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City council chief Julian Wain will not be replaced

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 30, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Former chief executive Julian Wain

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Two Gloucester City Council directors will share the role of former chief executive Julian Wain, who departed the authority recently.

City councillors have decided not appoint a new chief in a bid to save around £110,000 per year.

They will run a six month trial of not having a chief executive, something which is already tried and tested by Wiltshire Council, after that council’s former chief executive Andrew Kerr departed.

Corporate directors Peter Gillett, head of resources, and Martin Shields, head of services and neighbourhoods, will take the helm. Mr Gillett will also be responsible for running the city’s elections as the returning officer.

Councillor Fred Wood, cabinet member for performance and resources, said: “This administration looked at other options too such as sharing a chief executive with other local authorities. We never shy away from make difficult decisions.”

Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: “It is really important that this is for six months so that we can have a proper review to see if it works.”

Concerns were raised at a meeting of councillors last week on Thursday that it may be too much to ask two people to take on another person’s job between them.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 01 2014, 6:30PM

    And the press goes on about Putin and Russian censorship!! Jeeze!!

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  • uk_socrates  |  April 01 2014, 11:35AM

    @Roadwombat, they took comments down as there was lots of messages supporting UKIP and the candidate. I have tweeted citizen mike and the UKIP candidate!. Its a form of press censorship, and its not fair.

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 01 2014, 5:02AM

    When I last saw the UKIP article there were perhaps seven or eight comments (most wishing the candidate good luck, based mainly on his young age, more than anything else). Then, suddenly, the comments were gone! I can only imagine that a slanging match had ensued but if that were the case, surely just any offensive posts should have been removed. I really don't want to believe that it was censored because of support for UKIP but I'm beginning to have my doubts... Come on, Citizen, either reinstate the comments or tell us WHY!

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  • uk_socrates  |  March 31 2014, 11:16PM

    *paper

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  • uk_socrates  |  March 31 2014, 11:15PM

    Shame on this papet for censoring comments on the UKIP ARTICLE.

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  • MrGarnet  |  March 31 2014, 9:55PM

    And where have the comments gone from the UKIP candidate? I think this "newspaper" might want to look at its "Free Speach" ethos had a complaint from the liblabCONS have we?

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  • MrGarnet  |  March 31 2014, 9:52PM

    How many deaths happened after Putin took control? After the less than satisfactory "solution" we made in Norther Ireland with terrorists getting pardons and our solders getting hounded to their graves? Can you see Putin agreeing to such cowardice?

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  March 31 2014, 7:18PM

    Kay, what Nigel actually said was ""I do not support what Putin has done – of course I don't. But the approach of David Cameron, William Hague, Nick Clegg and other EU leaders has been disastrous. If you poke the Russian bear with a stick he will respond. And if you have neither the means nor the political will to face him down that is very obviously not a good idea."

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  • uk_socrates  |  March 31 2014, 2:53PM

    Well this is good news, also if the two directors between them find it "to much work". Can I make a recommendation. Rather than advertising the job for £110,000 per a year. How about around £30k-£40k a year, and make the job more open. To often these positions are hijacked by the same kind of people. I can understand paying a surgeon £100k a year, but is a council chief executive really worth £110,000 a year? Do they save lives? No. Do they invent amazing products that make a task easier? No. Also lowering the salary might actually attract more open and honest candidates that might have grand plans of making the council much more transparent.

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  • capital  |  March 31 2014, 7:19AM

    The pay-off will have to be reported in the Accounts.

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