SENIOR management positions at West Sussex County Council could be slashed – in a bid to save money.
Members of the governance committee are due to debate a structure which ‘scales back’ the senior management team from eight directors to four new executive director positions, a commercial director and a director of economy.
Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “We are evolving as a local authority as other councils up and down the land are.
“We need to evolve so we can continue to provide quality services to our residents at a time when we have reducing income but increasing demands for the services we provide.
“Our current structure is not sustainable. A smaller, more agile senior management structure that is flexible enough to adapt to the challenges we face and more commercial in its focus is what we need.
“I’m incredibly proud of our workforce. They’re hardworking, loyal and care about the communities of West Sussex that they serve.
“But there has never been a more challenging time for local government and it is inevitable that these proposed changes will have an impact on our staff and particularly on our managers.
“However, our frontline services are what matter to our communities and we need to adapt and evolve in order to protect them as much as we can.
“What matters to us is what works – that services are delivered by the right people, in the right way, at the right cost and where we, as a county council, cost the taxpayer less.”
The changes to senior leadership aim to help the authority’s ‘core priorities’ – which include giving children the best start in life, supporting older residents to live independently for as long as possible and creating a ‘strong and diverse’ economy.
A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “The proposed new structure also provides a renewed focus on strong and vibrant communities where people are encouraged to help themselves and each other, a new commercial emphasis, and an unrelenting focus on providing quality customer service.”
It is also proposed the council will continue with the chief operating officer leadership model, following a decision in January to make Kieran Stigant, who held the post of chief executive, redundant.
A chief operating director and a temporary transformation director were appointed in January 2014 in Mr Stigant’s place.
The governance committee will consider the report when it meets on Monday, June 30.
The recommendations made by the committee will be taken to a full meeting of West Sussex County Council in July.
A full governance reportcan be read online at www.westsussex.gov.uk