BASILDON Council moved this week to a more collaborative style of management following the departure of its chief executive.
Commissioning Director for Resourcing and Place Shaping, Kieran Carrigan, will become the council’s statutory head of paid service under interim arrangements and will lead the council together with fellow Commissioning Director for People and Place, Scott Logan.
Councillors have agreed that a new senior management structure consisting of a Managing Director, Corporate Director and Service Director should be put in place. As well as the post of chief executive, two vacant senior management posts are also being deleted. The moves are expected to save £250,000.
Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee Cllr Gavin Callaghan said: “Council took the brave step to change the decision-making process for councillors in May when we moved to the committee system. Now we have gone further with an ambitious restructure of our senior management that provides a way of managing the council that better fits the new political system, putting the emphasis on collaborative, smarter and more streamlined working to progress the business of the council.
“It also provides taxpayers with much better value for money and delivers a substantial saving of more than £250,000, which is vital as we plug the £4.1m black hole still left in our budget.”