A meeting later today will consider the next steps in replacing the York Councils Chief Executive. The last post holder was made redundant earlier in the year, following an extended period of sick leave.
Interim arrangements have applied in the interim.
The Council will feel that the arrangements worked reasonably well during the COVID crisis although the authority was criticised for poor communications as well as secrecy on several matters of public interest.
There is never a good time for major structural change although the current post pandemic period – with the threat of further major change being driven by the “devolution” debate – means that stability is the most urgent requirement. An independent Local Government Association analysis of he plans comes to the same conclusions
It seems that the Council will opt to appoint a “Chief Operating Officer” (COO) who would have a less strategic and ambassadorial role that the last post holder. Officials concentrating on service delivery would be a welcome step forward although the implication that the strategic role would fall on senior Councillors might be less welcome in the light of recent controversial investment decisions.
One thing we are clear about is that the suggestion that the COO should have NINE direct reports is ridiculous .
The centres Trustees say that they don’t have the resources or expertise to run the centre under post COVID restrictions.
That would be a shame. Some of the user groups provide essential support services for the local community. Some of these services are even more important in the post pandemic fragile world that we now live in.
Some users groups may cease to exist if they don’t have at least some earned income.
The Council has postured over the last few mnths about the importance of “community hubs”.
It should now put its money where its spin has been and agree to properly resource centres like the one in Foxwood.