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GLA to consult on scrapping chief role

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Senior staff members at the Greater London Authority are to be consulted on the need for the chief executive’s post.

An internal review commissioned by the current chief executive, Leo Boland, has concluded that the authority could do without the role.

A memo to staff explains that the chief executive’s two statutory duties - head of paid service and returning officer - could be carried out by other officers.

A report to assembly members proposes that Mr Boland, left, who earns £205,615 a year, and other senior officers are consulted about the move before the mayor and assembly make a final decision.

Other senior employees, including the authority’s four executive directors, are to be asked to submit expressions of interest in taking on the statutory responsibilities.

When the review was announced last month, a spokesman said the review would examine whether a chief executive was needed alongside mayor Boris Johnson, who is paid £143,911, in the light of the Localism Bill’s proposed to merge elected mayor and chief executive roles.

“Mr Boland questioned whether the GLA now requires a high-calibre, highly paid chief executive role in addition to a mayor. On that basis, he recommended an independent review be carried out to look at this issue,” she said.

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