Two chief executives are set to go head-to-head for one job after their councils decided to share the top post.
Malvern Hills and Wychavon DCs have ringfenced the new shared chief executive position for their incumbents, Chris Bocock and Jack Hegarty respectively.
The authorities invited the two chiefs to respond to the proposals. In their joint written response, Mr Bocock and Mr Hegarty said they both supported the idea of a shared chief executive and noted the postholder would need to be totally committed to its success and operate neutrally between the two councils.
“Both current heads of paid services are very experienced and highly professional individuals who can be relied upon to display these characteristics,” they said.
A Malvern Hills DC spokeswoman said both were expected to apply for the position.
Councillors last week backed the idea of sharing after a report to both councils said the combined salary cost of both chiefs was £279,000 and an annual saving for each council of £60,000 was expected once sharing took effect, with “many indirect benefits still to be identified once the post is in place”.
The two councils already share revenues and benefits, regulatory services, ICT, building control and human resources, in some cases also with Worcester City Council.