We will be implementing a more cost effective management structure over the coming months, following agreement at a full council meeting on 18 September.
Members considered and agreed to a range of proposals which included the deletion of the Chief Executive’s post from our management structure; interim senior management measures whilst a revised structure and implementation plan is developed; and a timetable for further consultation and change management.
This followed consultation with the Local Government Association about more cost efficient models for local authority management structures and is in keeping with steps being taken by a number of other authorities.
To allow us to take forward the proposals for succession planning and organisational change, Chief Executive Dr Donald Graham has decided this is the time to pursue other interests, both academic and in other fields, and will therefore be taking voluntary severance.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, said: “Given the financial challenges facing all local authorities, it is entirely natural that the administration would keep a weather eye on the cost of our top management structure. Greater savings can be made through efficiencies in the most expensive posts in the authority rather than ‘salami slicing’ the jobs or pay of more junior posts.
“On a personal note Donald Graham is the longest serving Chief Executive in Hertsmere's history and we’ve always worked closely together throughout that time for the good of the borough. Through his leadership, we have a successful and resilient organisation and he’s earned the respect of elected members, his staff and his peers across Hertfordshire. I want to thank him for his hard work and commitment during his 11 years with the authority, and wish him well for the future.”
Posted on Thursday 19th September 2019