Top-level job losses at Chichester District Council announced

TOP Chichester District Council officers have lost their jobs as part of a management restructure aimed at saving more than £300,000.

Kenrick Garraway is one of three senior officers to lose his job as the number of assistant directors was cut from 11 to seven.

Matthew China and Stephen Kane are also to be made redundant.

Yvonne Thompson decided not to apply for a new post and leaves next month.

District councillors decided the cuts behind closed doors last week and announced the seven new heads of service.

Rod Darton becomes top officer for Chichester contract services; Andrew Frost takes planning; Jane Hotchkiss will lead for commercial services; Steve Hansford has been appointed as head of community services and Jane Dodsworth is head of business improvement; Louise Rudziak takes housing and environmental services.

John Ward was appointed head of finance and governance last month.

The latest top staff cuts follow the cutting of executive director posts from three to two.

Steve Carvell and Paul Over remain in post while Amanda Jobling, current director for home and communities, will be taking redundancy.

The new structure will be in place from April 1 next year.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a high calibre of staff and so it is very hard when we have to lose people. We are very grateful to those who are leaving us for their commitment and hard work – and for the difference they have made.” said Diane Shepherd, CDC’s chief executive.

The officers who have not been reappointed will receive redundancy payments.