Waverley and Guildford councils set to advertise £ 150,000 joint leader

“EVERY step” in the merger of Waverley’s back office with Guildford Borough Council will go to full council for a final decision, Waverley Chief Paul Follows said as councilors voted to go from there. forward with plans to recruit a joint CEO on Tuesday night.

Waverley members were asked to approve a draft job description for the new £ 150,000 a year chief executive to lead the two boards at Tuesday’s ‘extraordinary’ meeting – in hopes the post can be completed as of October to lead the next steps in cost reduction collaboration.

Concerns were raised by Waverley’s Tory opposition, as well as Farnham Residents’ Councilor Jerry Hyman, that the council was “putting the cart before the horse” by advertising a joint chief executive before sign an inter-authority agreement (AAI) spelling out exactly how the collaboration will work.

And several opposition advisers also challenged the Waverley officers’ recommendation that the post of joint managing director be “reserved” for internal candidates only “at first instance” – initially limiting advisers to a choice between the current chief of Waverley. , Tom Horwood, and his counterpart from Guildford. James Whiteman.

But Waverley’s portfolio holder for business transformation, Cllr Peter Clark, said if advisers were willing to make an internal appointment, “we hope the new joint CEO will be in place as early as October.”

He added: “Once this has been done and the IAA is signed by both councils then the work really begins in developing business cases for shared services, this is where major savings will be made. . “

David Maycock, of South East Employers called upon to advise the board, told the advisers they have a legal obligation to avoid layoffs and endorsed the recommendation to hire internally first.

And the head of the board, Cllr Follows, said: “The process is clear. If the recruiting board makes a recommendation, it will come back to both boards for a decision. If they don’t, the post will be posted outside.

“When the IAA is finalized, it will also come back to the board. Every step of that will be up to the board. “

Cllr Follows also praised the “civil” debate, as councilors voted 26 “for” to 18 “against” the draft job description.

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