Talks to fill director post

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COUNCILLORS are to meet to discuss plans to replace a director at Hartlepool Borough Council under proposals which could save £20,000.

The position of director of child and adult services has been vacant since former director Nicola Bailey was appointed acting chief executive before she then left the local authority in September 2012 to take up a new job within the NHS.

Since then assistant directors have taken on the responsibilities of the director.

The current pay band for the post is £120,000 to 130,000 but that looks set to be slashed to between £100,000 and £110,000 to mirror the changes to the post of director of regeneration and neighbourhoods.

A meeting of the full council is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, to discuss plans to set up an appointments panel of eight members including the chair of the council, the council leader, plus three Labour councillors, one conservative councillors, one Putting Hartlepool First member and an independent councillor.

A report by Dave Stubbs, council chief executive, said: “The current pay band for the post of director of child and adults is £120,000 to 130,000 with five spinal points within the pay band.

“The pay band for the post of director of regeneration and neighbourhoods has recently been set at £100,000 to £110,000 with six spinal points within the pay band and incremental progression being performance linked.

“It is proposed that the remuneration arrangements for the post of director of child and adults mirror the director of regeneration and neighbourhoods remuneration arrangements.”

Full council is asked to approve the appointments panel and the pay structure.

Mrs Bailey left after landing a new role in the NHS as managing director of North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.

The mum-of-four joined the authority in late 2005 from Redcar and Cleveland Council as director of adult and community services and in August 2009 was appointed director of child and adult services when a restructure saw departments reduce from five to three.

The last post she held was acting chief executive, before that position was filled on a permanent basis by Mr Stubbs.

Mr Stubbs, the former director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, was replaced by former assistant director Denise Ogden.

The full council is due to meet on Thursday, April 11, at 7pm, at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.