Council boss to quit
The top officer at South Gloucestershire Council has handed in her resignation – and it could cost £30,000 to replace her.
By Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter
Chief executive Amanda Deeks announced earlier this month she will be retiring from the £160,000 role at some point in 2019. Her move follows the departure of two of the authority’s four chief officers in the last 12 months.
Mrs Deeks, who joined the council as director of corporate resources in 2001, said: “After 17 amazing years with South Gloucestershire Council, I have decided it is time for me to retire next year.
“During this time it has been a genuine pleasure and privilege for me to have worked alongside the most incredible councillors and staff, all dedicated to serving our residents and making South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.”
The quality of South Gloucestershire Council’s leadership was celebrated in a peer review last year – but it also warned that turnover at the top level was potentially risky when the authority is transforming.
A report to the council’s appointments and employment subcommittee meeting on November 14 says: “There is always a balance to be struck between bringing in new talent and retaining high-potential staff through deliberate workforce and succession planning strategies.”
“The council has a good record of competitive internal promotions to head of service level, which is balanced with appointments made from external campaigns when no successor candidates were internally ready.”
“The market for chief officers, notably those with corporate accountabilities and chief executive posts, remains buoyant and the council risks competing for talent in a tight labour market where labour mobility remains a challenge.”
The appointments and employment subcommittee will discuss recruiting a replacement for Mrs Deeks and potentially advertising the role externally if there are no suitable internal candidates. A national recruitment campaign could cost the council up to £30,000.
The chief executive works with elected members and senior managers “to shape and deliver the vision and strategies of the council”.
They will be responsible for the council’s 3,000 staff and its £629million budget.
The proposed salary range of between £159,900 and £170,560 will be considered by councillors in December.