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WESTMINSTER VOTES TO KEEP MONTACUTE AS TOP OFFICER

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Westminster City Council voted to retain Mervyn Montacute as managing director at a special meeting of its policy a...
Westminster City Council voted to retain Mervyn Montacute as managing director at a special meeting of its policy and resources committee on 23 August.

Former leader David Weeks, who resigned on 13 July, had planned a reorganisation which included making the chief executive post redundant.

The former leader resigned after growing splits in the ruling Conservative group and hostility between members and officers. Afterwards, Mr Weeks compared his management style to that of English Heritage's Jocelyn Stevens and the BBC's John Birt (LGC, 30 July). The committee heard reports from new council leader Miles Young and Mr Montacute.

Both reports responded to the Capita and Touche Ross reviews of the council management arrangements originally initiated by Mr Weeks. It was clear from the tone of Mr Young's report that he wanted Monday night's meeting to be a healing session for member/officer relations. He said: 'I am particularly keen to have a fresh start, working closely with the managing director'.

He welcomed Capita's suggestion of a charter detailing members' and officers' responsibilities.

Mr Montacute is to undertake a detailed review of the corporate team and report to the next policy and resources meeting on 11 October.

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