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ANOTHER CHIEF EXEC POST FALLS BY THE WAY

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Basingstoke & Deane DC is considering not appointing a chief executive after it failed to find a suitable candidate...
Basingstoke & Deane DC is considering not appointing a chief executive after it failed to find a suitable candidate for the £120,000-a-year post.

The move follows similar arrangements by East Hertfordshire DC and

Merton LBC.

East Hertfordshire appointed three executive directors to take on the chief executive's work and sit on an executive board with seven cabinet members (LGC, 28 March), and Merton has two people sharing the role (LGC, 21 March).

George Jones, professor of government at the London School of Economics, said he could see why a lack of quality candidates would make councils adopt new ways of working.

'This has happened in the past but it has never lasted long. It is better to have one person at the top,' he said.

Director general of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers David Clark was unconcerned.

He said councils had always thought they could do without chief executives, but 'ultimately they come back'.

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