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Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).
Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Members should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting.
In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Members are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct.
There were no declarations of interest.
Items of urgent business authorised by the Chairman
The Chairman advised that he had agreed to 1 item of urgent business, which would be considered later in the meeting.
Exclusion of the Press and Public
The Committee is recommended to pass the following recommendation in relation to the following item:-
“That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business, on the grounds that they could involve the possible disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 2 of Schedule 12A of that Act.”
Members are reminded that, whilst the following item has been marked as exempt, it is for the Committee itself to decide whether or not to consider this in private or in public. In making the decision, Members should consider the relevant paragraph of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and also whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. In considering their discretion Members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.
The nature of the deliberations relating to the recruitment of a Director being confidential, it was moved by Councillor Eileen Blamire and seconded by Councillor Margaret Pattison and agreed: -
“That press and public be excluded from the meeting.”
That press and public be excluded from the meeting.
The Committee adjourned at this point 9.05am to convene as an informal Recruitment Panel to facilitate interviews.
Appointment of Director of Corporate Services
Following the interviews the Committee re-convened at 2.40pm to consider and make an appointmentto the post of Director of Corporate Services.
Members considered appointment to the post of Director of Corporate Services. The result is recorded in a minute exempt from publication under Paragraph 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
(1) That details of the decision of the Committee are recorded in a minute exempt from publication under Paragraph 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
At this point the press and public were re-admitted to the meeting. The Chief Executive and Assistant Chief Executive both left the meeting.
Item of Urgent Business - Executive Team Structure
In accordance with S100B (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman requested that the Committee give consideration to an item of urgent business regarding a report on Executive Team Structures Delegations. The Chairman had accepted this as an item of urgent business as a decision on how to proceed to the appointment to the Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive) role would be required prior to the next meeting of the Committee.
The HR Project Manager reported orally at the meeting regarding the resignation of the current Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive).
In line with the City Council’s Constitution, any arrangements in relation to the appointment to the Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive) role were required to be agreed and implemented by an ad hoc committee of full Council. This would need to be constituted with regard to proportional representation, including one member of the Cabinet.
It was moved by Councillor Claire Cozler and seconded by Councillor Susan Sykes: -
“That the HR Project Manager be requested to circulate to Committee Members a draft report regarding arrangements to the appointment to the Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive) role prior to the report being submitted to the earliest possible full Council meeting for consideration.”
That the HR Project Manager be requested to circulate to Committee Members a draft report regarding arrangements to the appointment to the Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive) role prior to the report being submitted to the earliest possible full Council meeting for consideration.