This plea comes as changes to its top personnel and structure, announced in the summer, take effect (LGC, 13 July).
It has still not recruited a director general for its newly-formed governance and communications directorate, a sprawling empire that will include everything from implementation of the local government white paper to the future of council finance to control of the press office.
The director general of equalities post is still also vacant.
These include: Neil Kinghan, local government futures, fire and resilience; Joe Montgomery, communities, cities and regions; Richard McCarthy, housing and planning, Thames Gateway and Olympic Games.
Sheffield City Council chief executive Sir Robert Kerslake continues as a non-executive member of the DCLG board.