£135k salary but two rounds of interviews later there’s still no boss for Poole Council

Bournemouth Echo: - -

A SECOND round of interviews has again failed to throw up an acceptable new boss for Poole Council.

Chief executive John McBride, who retired in March after 12 years in the job, announced his intention to leave in September last year.

Since then the post, which pays up to £135,000, has been advertised twice and a panel of members has sat through interviews but has so far been unable to agree on a candidate.

Now it is possible that no one will be appointed to take charge of the unitary authority until after next May’s election.

In the meantime strategic director Andrew Flockhart is standing in as acting chief executive.

Carl Wilcox, head of human resources, Borough of Poole, said: “Interviews for the post of chief executive took place over the course of two days last week.

“Following a thorough and testing process, the appointments panel, consisting of members of the three main political groups, was unable to recommend a candidate for appointment.

“The post of chief executive is a vitally important role and the panel is committed to recruiting the right candidate to take forward the council’s ambitious programme for Poole.

“Senior councillors will reconvene in the near future to review the recruitment process and consider available options, including a possible option to postpone the appointment of a new chief executive until after the local elections in Poole in May 2015.

“Interim arrangements put in place to cover the role and responsibilities of the chief executive following the retirement of John McBride in March will continue for the time being.”

In a message to staff before he left Mr McBride said: “It's a pity that the recruitment of a new chief executive is taking longer than originally hoped.

“But as I always said to new staff at induction, recruitment is so important, we cannot afford to get it wrong.”

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12:32pm Sat 24 May 14

contric says...

scrap the post and save poole taxpayers some money if the chap can stand in for 2 months he can carry on just for once imagine its your own money you are spending
scrap the post and save poole taxpayers some money if the chap can stand in for 2 months he can carry on just for once imagine its your own money you are spending contric
  • Score: 8

2:04pm Sat 24 May 14

wonderway says...

perhaps removing post save te money to pay for eviction orders for so called travellers

can council state that they have seen all their passports stating they are irish not just spongers
perhaps removing post save te money to pay for eviction orders for so called travellers can council state that they have seen all their passports stating they are irish not just spongers wonderway
  • Score: 0

2:49pm Sat 24 May 14

phonehome says...

More wasted time & money by BOP.
If after shortlisting candidates they cannot select a suitable person then they need to seriously look at the shortlisting procedure. Something is very wrong HR-wise here.
More wasted time & money by BOP. If after shortlisting candidates they cannot select a suitable person then they need to seriously look at the shortlisting procedure. Something is very wrong HR-wise here. phonehome
  • Score: 7

7:08pm Sat 24 May 14

susi.m says...

Were there any internal applicants?
Were there any internal applicants? susi.m
  • Score: -1

7:13pm Sat 24 May 14

ShuttleX says...

“The post of chief executive is a vitally important role ....:

The post is so vitally important, they might actually be able to manage without it for nearly a year!! If they can manage that, then I would say the post is not needed at all. As is always the case with the Councils, they are unable to look outside the box. If they feel Mr Flockhart is capable of doing the job as a short term solution, then why not offer him the job full time? If they feel he isn't capable of doing it full time, then he shouldn't be doing it now. Personally I think they got it the wrong way round. Jan Thurgood should have been made acting Chief. I suppose it's a case of who you know, not what you know.
“The post of chief executive is a vitally important role ....: The post is so vitally important, they might actually be able to manage without it for nearly a year!! If they can manage that, then I would say the post is not needed at all. As is always the case with the Councils, they are unable to look outside the box. If they feel Mr Flockhart is capable of doing the job as a short term solution, then why not offer him the job full time? If they feel he isn't capable of doing it full time, then he shouldn't be doing it now. Personally I think they got it the wrong way round. Jan Thurgood should have been made acting Chief. I suppose it's a case of who you know, not what you know. ShuttleX
  • Score: -4

8:28am Sun 25 May 14

Carolyn43 says...

“The post of chief executive is a vitally important role and the panel is committed to recruiting the right candidate to take forward the council’s ambitious programme for Poole."

For me that's the worrying bit. What ambitious programme? Park and ride in the wrong place, a bridge which would have functioned admirably if the join had been straight across instead of the pretty "iconic" one we have, a travellers' site but not in the wards of certain councillors?

At least residents managed to stop the ludicrous giant stainless steel pyramid on Baiter. The council treated representatives of the company wanting to build it for a slap up dinner when it should have been the company who would profit? from it treating the council.

As I've said before, the council is fine for cutting grass, collecting refuse and other such services, but completely useless for any large projects.
“The post of chief executive is a vitally important role and the panel is committed to recruiting the right candidate to take forward the council’s ambitious programme for Poole." For me that's the worrying bit. What ambitious programme? Park and ride in the wrong place, a bridge which would have functioned admirably if the join had been straight across instead of the pretty "iconic" one we have, a travellers' site but not in the wards of certain councillors? At least residents managed to stop the ludicrous giant stainless steel pyramid on Baiter. The council treated representatives of the company wanting to build it for a slap up dinner when it should have been the company who would profit? from it treating the council. As I've said before, the council is fine for cutting grass, collecting refuse and other such services, but completely useless for any large projects. Carolyn43
  • Score: 5

2:03pm Sun 25 May 14

West moors 1 says...

The reality is the job is not worth this fat salary. There would be many fine applicants very able and willing to do this cushy job for a third of this figure. It's criminal our taxes are being wasted in this way.
The reality is the job is not worth this fat salary. There would be many fine applicants very able and willing to do this cushy job for a third of this figure. It's criminal our taxes are being wasted in this way. West moors 1
  • Score: 0

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