Under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, certain local
authority staff are prohibited from most forms of public political
activity. The restrictions apply to all senior and other frontline
speak on the council's behalf to the media.
The independent adjudicator has four functions:
- to issue guidance on the application of criteria for politically
- to grant exemptions to staff at or above the prescribed salary
level* whose posts do not meet the criteria for political
- to consider appeals from staff on less than the prescribed salary
level against their posts being listed as politically sensitive;
- to direct local authorities to add to their lists of politically
sensitive posts those which they have omitted
- Currently #26,391; above this level council officers are presumed
to hold a politically restricted post unless the independent
adjudicator grants an exemption.
Arthur Jeffrey Greenwell began his local government career as an
assistant solicitor with Birmingham City Council. He was appointed
deputy clerk of Hampshire CC in 1967. In 1973 he became chief executive of Northamptonshire CC, a post he held until his retirement in 1996.
His wider work in local government has included spells as President
of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators,
President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, and
Chairman of the Association of County Chief Executives.
Mr Greenwell replaces William Jackson, the former chief executive of
Kent CC, who has retired having held the post since its creation in 1989.