Chief executive of councils to retire

Bournemouth Echo: Chief executive of councils to retire Chief executive of councils to retire

CHIEF executive of Weymouth and Portland Borough and West Dorset District Councils David Clarke is to retire.

A meeting of the Weymouth and Portland management committee was asked to approve proposals to set up a joint appointment panel to recruit a replacement for the role.

The post occupied by Mr Clarke currently pays between £110,000 to £114,999.

The proposals will also be put before West Dorset District councillors.

But speaking at the meeting yesterday borough councillor Ian Roebuck said the committee was being asked to simply assume that a new chief executive is needed.

He said: “We do not often have the opportunity of looking at this and I don’t think we should miss it.”

Coun Roebuck said he is ‘impressed’ with what the management team has achieved.

But he added: “I’m reluctant to assume that we just go back to the way we worked before.

“Do we need a chief executive and if so, what should be the job description?”

But Coun Peter Chapman, who chaired the meeting, said the role is ‘absolutely essential’.

He said: “An awful lot of powers are delegated to officers.

“There are three directors and, with the best will in the world, they are not always going to agree on a way forward.

“That’s the point of having a chief executive. It pulls everyone together in one direction.”

Coun Ian Bruce also supported the proposal.

He said: “I would not be keen to try to remodel what we are doing.

“We have to appreciate that the number of directors has gone down enormously.”

A chief executive would be the ‘driving force’ of the management team, he added.

Councillors approved the proposal on the condition that a joint appointment panel considers the option of not appointing a new chief executive.

The report prepared for the management committee stated that David Clarke has formally announced he is to retire at the end of April next year.

An appointments panel would be made up of an equal number of councillors from both Weymouth and Portland Borough and West Dorset District Councils.

Coun Chapman said: “May I take this opportunity to thank David for all his hard work.”

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1:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mr commonsense says...

The correspondence on this piece of news will be most interesting, let's have a proper debate instead of the usual abuse. Don't hold your breath !,
The correspondence on this piece of news will be most interesting, let's have a proper debate instead of the usual abuse. Don't hold your breath !, mr commonsense

2:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

weymouthfox says...

An overpaid council officer who will receive a huge pension and be replaced by yet another overpaid council officer. Why aren't council management salaries being reduced in line with cuts being inflicted on ratepayers. Then we really would all be in it together............
An overpaid council officer who will receive a huge pension and be replaced by yet another overpaid council officer. Why aren't council management salaries being reduced in line with cuts being inflicted on ratepayers. Then we really would all be in it together............ weymouthfox

3:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

arlbergbahn says...

Well, it's a start. How many other full-time Officers are there that could follow his noble example?
Well, it's a start. How many other full-time Officers are there that could follow his noble example? arlbergbahn

7:04pm Wed 4 Dec 13

cj07589 says...

£115k pa (that's approximately £5888 after tax per month) plus package benefits and a lovely gold plated indexed linked pension for what is effectively a senior management position, it's no wonder why so many uk councils are near bust or seeking to screw over the local tax payers to fund their failure resolve this terrible culture of greed. I naively thought it is an honour to be a servant to the community (aka civil servant) yet I'm left wondering that it's just another publicly funded gravy train exercising minimal interest in genuinely serving their employer aka 'the taxpayer' Just another thoroughly disillusioned cash strapped voter.
£115k pa (that's approximately £5888 after tax per month) plus package benefits and a lovely gold plated indexed linked pension for what is effectively a senior management position, it's no wonder why so many uk councils are near bust or seeking to screw over the local tax payers to fund their failure resolve this terrible culture of greed. I naively thought it is an honour to be a servant to the community (aka civil servant) yet I'm left wondering that it's just another publicly funded gravy train exercising minimal interest in genuinely serving their employer aka 'the taxpayer' Just another thoroughly disillusioned cash strapped voter. cj07589

8:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

cj07589 wrote:
£115k pa (that's approximately £5888 after tax per month) plus package benefits and a lovely gold plated indexed linked pension for what is effectively a senior management position, it's no wonder why so many uk councils are near bust or seeking to screw over the local tax payers to fund their failure resolve this terrible culture of greed. I naively thought it is an honour to be a servant to the community (aka civil servant) yet I'm left wondering that it's just another publicly funded gravy train exercising minimal interest in genuinely serving their employer aka 'the taxpayer' Just another thoroughly disillusioned cash strapped voter.
I suppose on the other hand he has probably 700 staff working for him.
I know hedge funds in the city with 40 staff whose chief execs earn millions.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: £115k pa (that's approximately £5888 after tax per month) plus package benefits and a lovely gold plated indexed linked pension for what is effectively a senior management position, it's no wonder why so many uk councils are near bust or seeking to screw over the local tax payers to fund their failure resolve this terrible culture of greed. I naively thought it is an honour to be a servant to the community (aka civil servant) yet I'm left wondering that it's just another publicly funded gravy train exercising minimal interest in genuinely serving their employer aka 'the taxpayer' Just another thoroughly disillusioned cash strapped voter.[/p][/quote]I suppose on the other hand he has probably 700 staff working for him. I know hedge funds in the city with 40 staff whose chief execs earn millions. JamesYoung

9:38pm Wed 4 Dec 13

dogloverdorset says...

I don't think they have that many staff left - he made them redundant, but kept a mayoral chauffeur....

I agree it is a responsible job, but really ? That is a ridiculous salary, especially when you also add in the £84k per director...
I don't think they have that many staff left - he made them redundant, but kept a mayoral chauffeur.... I agree it is a responsible job, but really ? That is a ridiculous salary, especially when you also add in the £84k per director... dogloverdorset

10:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

marabout says...

Holding such a high position as this and being responsible for 700 staff would pay very well in the private sector - certainly far more than £115k. If we want high calibre people to run our public services then we should pay them better. £115k is not a good pay packet.
Holding such a high position as this and being responsible for 700 staff would pay very well in the private sector - certainly far more than £115k. If we want high calibre people to run our public services then we should pay them better. £115k is not a good pay packet. marabout

11:20pm Wed 4 Dec 13

cj07589 says...

marabout wrote:
Holding such a high position as this and being responsible for 700 staff would pay very well in the private sector - certainly far more than £115k. If we want high calibre people to run our public services then we should pay them better. £115k is not a good pay packet.
I think you need a reality check on the current state of public funding and the unsustainability of renumeration packages. I don't accept your simplistic justification that paying private sector wages is productive. Firstly Councils are not banks but share the same principle of capitalism in that to be successful one must operate within their income. Working in the private sector has an entirely different culture, accountability offset with job insecurities driven by external market forces beyond our shores.
I consider £115k pa an extremely handsome wage and that's coming from a private sector construction perspective who manages annual budgets far in excess of this councils. I would welcome a wholesale change in the renumeration policy, the pursuit of greed to match the private sector excess does not guarantee success. This is exemplified by the bailed out failed banks clearly these important lessons have still not been learnt from?
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: Holding such a high position as this and being responsible for 700 staff would pay very well in the private sector - certainly far more than £115k. If we want high calibre people to run our public services then we should pay them better. £115k is not a good pay packet.[/p][/quote]I think you need a reality check on the current state of public funding and the unsustainability of renumeration packages. I don't accept your simplistic justification that paying private sector wages is productive. Firstly Councils are not banks but share the same principle of capitalism in that to be successful one must operate within their income. Working in the private sector has an entirely different culture, accountability offset with job insecurities driven by external market forces beyond our shores. I consider £115k pa an extremely handsome wage and that's coming from a private sector construction perspective who manages annual budgets far in excess of this councils. I would welcome a wholesale change in the renumeration policy, the pursuit of greed to match the private sector excess does not guarantee success. This is exemplified by the bailed out failed banks clearly these important lessons have still not been learnt from? cj07589

11:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

annotater says...

Can I say Bugger off? Oh I just did! Have an unpleasant retirement after shafting all of the hard working people oy Our Town Weymouth.
Can I say Bugger off? Oh I just did! Have an unpleasant retirement after shafting all of the hard working people oy Our Town Weymouth. annotater

11:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Dave Aitch says...

£15K a year ? The wife and I could live off that for 15 years, plus.
£15K a year ? The wife and I could live off that for 15 years, plus. Dave Aitch

8:27am Thu 5 Dec 13

Get a grip says...

Remember the cost is shared equally between the two councils.
Remember the cost is shared equally between the two councils. Get a grip

7:24pm Fri 6 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

annotater wrote:
Can I say Bugger off? Oh I just did! Have an unpleasant retirement after shafting all of the hard working people oy Our Town Weymouth.
Oh Dear, Mr Commonsense wont like that,and Westbaywonder totally agrees and upholds annotater,s post.

About time people opened their eyes to what is really going on in Weymouth and many towns like it throughout the land and stopped behaving like muted sheep as Mr Commonsense wants us to do on here.

Thats right Mr Commonsense, we would not like to upset anybody in the council now would we!!
[quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: Can I say Bugger off? Oh I just did! Have an unpleasant retirement after shafting all of the hard working people oy Our Town Weymouth.[/p][/quote]Oh Dear, Mr Commonsense wont like that,and Westbaywonder totally agrees and upholds annotater,s post. About time people opened their eyes to what is really going on in Weymouth and many towns like it throughout the land and stopped behaving like muted sheep as Mr Commonsense wants us to do on here. Thats right Mr Commonsense, we would not like to upset anybody in the council now would we!! westbaywonder

7:31pm Sat 7 Dec 13

bedpans says...

Good riddance to the worst Chief Exec Weymouth has ever had.. Ignorant, obnoxious you name it. Not a nice man and certainly one who did nothing for the town. Should be ashamed to take a pension.
Good riddance to the worst Chief Exec Weymouth has ever had.. Ignorant, obnoxious you name it. Not a nice man and certainly one who did nothing for the town. Should be ashamed to take a pension. bedpans

7:16am Sun 8 Dec 13

Grimwade says...

dogloverdorset wrote:
I don't think they have that many staff left - he made them redundant, but kept a mayoral chauffeur....

I agree it is a responsible job, but really ? That is a ridiculous salary, especially when you also add in the £84k per director...
What is wrong with keeping the chauffeur?
[quote][p][bold]dogloverdorset[/bold] wrote: I don't think they have that many staff left - he made them redundant, but kept a mayoral chauffeur.... I agree it is a responsible job, but really ? That is a ridiculous salary, especially when you also add in the £84k per director...[/p][/quote]What is wrong with keeping the chauffeur? Grimwade

9:09pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Parkstreetshufle says...

Yes, I'm sure we will all really enjoy looking forward to paying his pension ( lucky for him he can retire at that age - unlike people of my generation, and later ) when he's left us with such a great legacy.
So that's what approximately £80,000 a year paid by us to someone that's no longer productively doing anything. On the huge wage he's being paid he will of course have private care, and expect to live much longer.
Why do we have a harbour wall that will take decades to pay off? Why is this person getting a huge pay off and yet the public will be expected to cough up? Anybody else would be sacked and loose their pension because they cannot continue to pay it? Why the hell do we all put up with these people? They are like a cancer that slowly leeches the life and goodness from a society. He has no interest in Weymouth, or civic duty, or just being decent really. The generation that are leaving school will be hit, and those future tax payers wont even have a chance to hold him responsible. No wonder every young persons dreams of getting away. Who can blame them?
Yes, I'm sure we will all really enjoy looking forward to paying his pension ( lucky for him he can retire at that age - unlike people of my generation, and later ) when he's left us with such a great legacy. So that's what approximately £80,000 a year paid by us to someone that's no longer productively doing anything. On the huge wage he's being paid he will of course have private care, and expect to live much longer. Why do we have a harbour wall that will take decades to pay off? Why is this person getting a huge pay off and yet the public will be expected to cough up? Anybody else would be sacked and loose their pension because they cannot continue to pay it? Why the hell do we all put up with these people? They are like a cancer that slowly leeches the life and goodness from a society. He has no interest in Weymouth, or civic duty, or just being decent really. The generation that are leaving school will be hit, and those future tax payers wont even have a chance to hold him responsible. No wonder every young persons dreams of getting away. Who can blame them? Parkstreetshufle

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