Chief executive’s ‘pay rise’ – and more.

A progress report:

Last night the council voted on the following matter: “At its meeting on 13 October 2010, the Council appointed Mrs Karen Whelan, Chief Executive, as the Returning Officer and the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The Council will be aware that the Chief Executive is currently on an extended period of leave….. The Council can choose to appoint Mr Richard Payne, or another officer considered appropriate, as Returning Officer for an interim period until the Chief Executive returns to the office.”  We didn’t attend the meeting, but we have little doubt that the appointment was agreed.

In the meantime, we have heard from the Information Commissioner’s Office. (We complained to the ICO about the council’s refusal to reveal its procedures for granting a pay rise to the Chief Executive) :

“Dear Mr Chesneau

“Your ref: council procedures

“Your information request to Surrey Heath Borough Council

“Thank you for your correspondence of 24 October 2019 in which you make a complaint about the above public authority’s handling of your request for information.

“Your complaint has been accepted as eligible for further consideration and will be allocated to a case officer as soon as possible.

“We aim to deal with complaints in chronological order and, because of the number of complaints we are required to deal with, there may be a delay in allocating your case. Where possible and appropriate your case may be accelerated. Once your case is allocated to an officer they will contact you to explain how your complaint will be progressed.”

10 thoughts on “Chief executive’s ‘pay rise’ – and more.

  1. Does this mean if Whealan does not return from gardening leave or her sidekick disappears the matter will be swept under the carpet.
    Goes to further emphasis that there is no procedure or process otherwise it would have been a quick and easy response especially in light of all the local interest.
    Bring on the General Election

  2. Does this mean that Karen Whelan is still on full salary, and the newly appointed Returning Officer will also be receiving the same pay she was allocated – they will be doing the same job?

    • Of course, I don’t have any inside information, Denise. But I think it highly likely that the CEO is receiving her full pay (less additional duties allowance, I trust, as she’s obviously not caring them out). But the Returning Officer gets a specific additional payment for caring out the role – I assume that her substitute will receive that if she’s not back in post before Dec 12th.

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