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Wirral council to appoint first 'super-director'
WIRRAL'S first "super-director" is set to be appointed tomorrow by council bosses.
The local authority's employment and appointments committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the role of a families and well-being strategic director.
The position is part of a major shake-up in the way the council is managed and it is hoped the new direction will help deal with the authority’s struggling finances.
But while the proposals were supported by council leader Cllr Phil Davies, criticism levelled at the new chief's first serious foray into town hall policy.
A former Liberal Democrat group leader said the changes were not radical enough and branded the move as "crass" given that four senior officers were, at the time, suspended from work with their futures uncertain.
Mr Burgess, who took the helm at the beginning of September, says the council is facing a rapidly changing financial future that can only be met by strong corporate management.
The trio of new Strategic Directors will be well paid for their efforts – the salary range is between £109,626 and £121,807.
The wages have been benchmarked against comparable levels elsewhere in the region and the posts will be funded from savings made from the next stage of the senior management review.
The three will have separate roles and responsibility for: 1) Families and wellbeing 2) Transformation and resources 3) Regeneration and environment.
But while the proposed structure involves changes to the make-up of departments, it is not proposed that any posts are deleted at this time.
Mr Burgess told the Globe last month: "These new posts will play a vital role in transforming the authority by providing additional strategic leadership capacity and helping to lead and deliver the council’s Improvement Plan.
"There will be no additional cost to the council taxpayer if the recommendations are agreed as costs associated with the posts will be recovered in the coming months by restructuring at a chief officer and senior management level."