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Bristol abandons deputy recruitment

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Bristol City Council has abandoned plans to recruit a new deputy chief executive on a salary of £130,000, it has emerged.

The authority made the decision after it was criticised for advertising the role at the same time as reducing the number of management posts.

Leader Barbara Janke said the interim deputy chief executive, strategic director of neighbourhood services Graham Sims, would continue to carry out the role until the next round of senior post reductions.

She added: “This is an important post in leading the massive changes the council is making. I and my colleagues have, though, listened to and reflected on the responses from the public to our plans to recruit someone new on such a salary. 

“With the talented staff already in place in the council, we’ve decided now instead to share the workload internally. The more money we save on overheads and management, the more we’re able to protect front-line services to the most vulnerable people in the city.”

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