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The Leader introduced the report and sought the approval from Council to appoint two senior appointments. Following a robust and thorough process the General Services Committee had recommended that Andy Millard be appointed as the Director of Place and Ian Hunt as the Assistant Director Legal and Monitoring Officer.
The Leader announced the selection panel for the Corporate Director of Children’s Services had not taken place with the advert going back out in January to look to appoint to this role. With that recommendation 1.3 would be removed.
Members were also sought to approve the interim arrangements for the Corporate Director of Children’s Services and the interim Assistant Director Legal and Monitoring Officer until the permanent appointees had commenced their roles.
Councillor Pothecary thanked Members, Officers and the Stakeholder Panel for their time and advice and stated that it was disappointing that the Corporate Director of Children’s Services appointment had not been filled. Councillor Pothecary stated the recruitment process had been robust and had confidence in senior managers to take this recommendation forward.
Councillor Massey echoed the comments made by Councillor Pothecary and looked forward to meeting the new Officers in the New Year.
Councillor Gledhill also echoed the comments made by Councillor Pothecary and stated the Stakeholder Panel had played a valuable part in the process and this would be taken forward for the Corporate Director Children’s Services appointment.
The Mayor called a vote on recommendations 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 to which the Members voted unanimously in favour.
RESOLVED That Council:
1. Approved in accordance with the Council’s Constitution the appointment of Andy Millard as permanent Director of Place.
2. Approved in accordance with the Council’s Constitution the appointment of Ian Hunt as permanent Assistant Director Legal and Monitoring Officer.
3. Approved the extension to the interim arrangements for the Corporate Director Children’s Services and the Assistant Director Legal and Monitoring Officer until the permanent candidates commence employment with the Council.
The Mayor thanked Members and wished them the best of seasons.