Councillors' call to axe £178,000-a-year Bradford Council chief executive role

Bradford Council chief executive Tony Reeves has resigned

Bradford Council chief executive Tony Reeves has resigned

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COUNCIL bosses are to examine whether the authority needs a chief executive in the wake of Mr Reeves' departure, it has been revealed.

Opposition Conservative councillors are calling on the cash-strapped authority to axe the £178,000-a-year chief executive's post to save money.

Conservative leader Councillor Glen Miller said: "We do not believe there's a need for a chief executive when we have an overall-controlled council and policy is made by politicians."

But Council leader, Labour's Councillor David Green, said while the role would be reviewed, the authority would need a chief officer in some form.

He said: "We will be clearly looking at the structure of the Council before we make a decision on whether to re-appoint a chief executive or have a different form of head of the paid service, so we won't be leaping into making a decision.

"I look forward to hearing any sensible views regarding that."

Cllr Green added that the Labour control of the council was an entirely separate matter.

He said: "I have been in Bradford politics for long enough to know that isn't always necessarily going to be the case. You can't make decisions on the management of the council based on one election result."

And Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, reacted with alarm at the thought of the chief executive not being replaced.

She said: "This is an organisation with a multi-billion-pound turnover. At a time when we need strong leadership, with high rates of unemployment and some real challenges to face, it would be foolish to think that politicians could run the district."

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11:10am Wed 16 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

She said: "This is an organisation with a multi-billion-pound turnover. At a time when we need strong leadership, with high rates of unemployment and some real challenges to face, it would be foolish to think that politicians could run the district."

WHAT DO THEY DO THEN??????
She said: "This is an organisation with a multi-billion-pound turnover. At a time when we need strong leadership, with high rates of unemployment and some real challenges to face, it would be foolish to think that politicians could run the district." WHAT DO THEY DO THEN?????? tinytoonster
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11:13am Wed 16 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

tinytoonster wrote:
She said: "This is an organisation with a multi-billion-pound turnover. At a time when we need strong leadership, with high rates of unemployment and some real challenges to face, it would be foolish to think that politicians could run the district."

WHAT DO THEY DO THEN??????
apart from argue and blame each other!!
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: She said: "This is an organisation with a multi-billion-pound turnover. At a time when we need strong leadership, with high rates of unemployment and some real challenges to face, it would be foolish to think that politicians could run the district." WHAT DO THEY DO THEN??????[/p][/quote]apart from argue and blame each other!! tinytoonster
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12:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I think doe doe bean Green wants that job. If he's been here so long to understand politics here (ahem) couldn't he have lost that accent too?
I think doe doe bean Green wants that job. If he's been here so long to understand politics here (ahem) couldn't he have lost that accent too? Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I think doe doe bean Green wants that job. If he's been here so long to understand politics here (ahem) couldn't he have lost that accent too?
The council usually find it hard shifting "Travellers" on. Explains why he is still here.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I think doe doe bean Green wants that job. If he's been here so long to understand politics here (ahem) couldn't he have lost that accent too?[/p][/quote]The council usually find it hard shifting "Travellers" on. Explains why he is still here. Thee Voice of Reason
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2:08pm Wed 16 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

I'd have no problem with the council paying £178k if the person was of the correct calibre.
It doesn't seem to much for someone who is responsible for an organisation with 11,000 employees.

The big difference is that a Chief Exec in the private sector would have been kicked out long ago if they'd had the lack of results that Reeves seems to have achieved.
However in the public sector a lack of results just leads to a different carriage on the gravy train!
I'd have no problem with the council paying £178k if the person was of the correct calibre. It doesn't seem to much for someone who is responsible for an organisation with 11,000 employees. The big difference is that a Chief Exec in the private sector would have been kicked out long ago if they'd had the lack of results that Reeves seems to have achieved. However in the public sector a lack of results just leads to a different carriage on the gravy train! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 2

7:31am Thu 17 Jul 14

food_for_thought says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
I'd have no problem with the council paying £178k if the person was of the correct calibre.
It doesn't seem to much for someone who is responsible for an organisation with 11,000 employees.

The big difference is that a Chief Exec in the private sector would have been kicked out long ago if they'd had the lack of results that Reeves seems to have achieved.
However in the public sector a lack of results just leads to a different carriage on the gravy train!
The other big difference...in the private sector, the Chief Exec and his paymasters would be pulling in the same direction with one, common, vested interest, the future and profitability of the company. There are also very few pie-in-the-sky socialists involved in the running of successful businesses...wonder why that is?
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: I'd have no problem with the council paying £178k if the person was of the correct calibre. It doesn't seem to much for someone who is responsible for an organisation with 11,000 employees. The big difference is that a Chief Exec in the private sector would have been kicked out long ago if they'd had the lack of results that Reeves seems to have achieved. However in the public sector a lack of results just leads to a different carriage on the gravy train![/p][/quote]The other big difference...in the private sector, the Chief Exec and his paymasters would be pulling in the same direction with one, common, vested interest, the future and profitability of the company. There are also very few pie-in-the-sky socialists involved in the running of successful businesses...wonder why that is? food_for_thought
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