Following concerns raised by councillors, the leader of the council has decided on a different approach to an independent review into the appointment of the chief executive.
Councillor Sohail Munawar, today (17 November) announced a change to his decision on Monday to appoint Gravitas Consultancy.
He said: “I am pleased all parties agree with me that the best way forward for the council is to commission a fully independent review of the recruitment and events over the past year or so.
“As the leader I took the decision an independent review was the way forward; I wanted an external and balanced judgement.
“However, I have reflected on the comments made by my fellow councillors about my making the decision on who should to carry out the review and I have now decided to involve members in a full review – including the selection and appointment of the independent reviewer.
“This will bring the openness and transparency I have always sought.
“It is important councillors from all parties have confidence in the review right from the start; only then can the findings be accepted and its recommendations acted on with whole council support.
“I intend to step aside from the process completely and allow wider input from other councillors.
“I have asked the council’s five directors to manage this process on behalf of the council and expect this to start immediately.
“As I said on Monday, I do not want political differences in personalities or opinions to tarnish the excellent work the council has done and continues to do.
“The job of the council now is to deal with these internal difficulties so we can concentrate on continuing to work to ensure a prosperous future for our residents and our town.”