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Nuneaton to do without chief executive

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Nuneaton & Bedworth BC is to follow the example of its Warwickshire neighbour Rugby BC and do without a chief executive.

Current chief executive Christine Kerr will not be replaced when she retires next month and her workload is to be shared between the authority’s leader and two directors.

While one of the two senior officers will become head of paid service there will be no ‘acting chief executive’ under plans to be discussed by councillors.

The same model has been in use in next-door Rugby BC since former chief exec Simon Warren moved to Wolverhampton City Council in March.

Nuneaton & Bedworth leader Dennis Harvey (Lab) told LGC the decision to do without a chief was a response to the current financial uncertainty and would be reviewed after six months.

“We have got massive cuts in government grant but we don’t know the exact figure. We want to be sure of what are financial position is and to see how the new arrangement works,” he said. However, he emphasised that it would only ever be an interim measure.

Councillors in Stratford-on-Avon DC, also in Warwickshire, recently decided against deleting their chief executive post as they looked for ways to reduce costs of the current 13-strong management team.

Following discussions, councillors opted instead to delete the two strategic director posts and reduce heads of service from eight to six.

Meanwhile, Rugby leader Craig Humphrey (Con) has asked consultants from Tribal to carry out an independent review of the council’s governance system in response to concerns raised by the authority’s remuneration committee.

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