Council loses third senior officer in seven months as chief financial boss quits

PUBLISHED: 16:35 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 24 July 2018

Weston's Town Hall.

Weston's Town Hall.

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The ‘substantial salary increases’ available in the West of England has been blamed for North Somerset Council losing its third senior officer in 2018.

Malcolm Coe, the authority’s head of finance, has joined chief executive Mike Jackson and director of development and the environment David Carter in leaving North Somerset this year.

Mr Coe has been responsible for guiding the council through some of its most turbulent years, as it has cut £101million from its budget since 2010.

He will leave the council in October to take a senior financial post at the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – where Mr Carter also took up a new role.

Councillor David Pasley, the executive member responsible for HR, said: “We will be extremely sorry to see Malcolm leave us because he has made a valuable contribution to North Somerset Council in the past three years.

“It is all credit to the council the new combined authority has identified some of our senior officers as the cream of senior staff out of all the top performing authorities in the west country.

“WECA, financed entirely by Government funding (not council tax), seems able to offer substantial increases in salaries to entice people to join them. We are not in a position to match their offers as we have to carefully balance our books.”

The authority has made an interim appointment for the chief executive role, taking on Helen Bailey for six months.

A council spokesman said: “The council has secured short-term experienced support at a senior level to ensure we do not lose pace with progressing important strategic pieces of work which are currently ongoing.

“We are not anticipating any further recruitment immediately for additional interim support.

“We expect to begin the recruitment process very soon to secure permanent appointments to the chief executive and head of finance posts.

“A meeting of the employment committee has been arranged to discuss the recruitment process on August 15.”

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