To consider the report of the Interim Deputy Chief Executive.
The Council was reminded that it was required by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to designate one of its officers as the officer responsible for performing the duties imposed by this section (known as the Monitoring Officer). The duties of this post must be carried out personally.
At its meeting on 9 October 2019, the Council had agreed, as an interim arrangement, that Mr Richard Payne be designated as the Council’s Monitoring Officer until December 2019. It was noted that the Council’s Constitution at Article 12 designated the post of Head of Legal Services, which was currently vacant, as the Monitoring Officer.
The Head of Legal Services post had been advertised in November 2019, with an appointment expected to be made in the early part of 2020. It was therefore proposed to extend Mr Payne’s appointment as Monitoring Officer until such time an appointment was made to the post of Head of Legal Services.
Members discussed the proposal and suggested that it may in future be appropriate to separate the Monitoring Officer role from the post of Head of Legal Services.
RESOLVED that Mr Richard Payne be designated as the Council’s Monitoring Officer until further notice.