Local authorities propose shared senior role
Two local authorities in the South West are debating whether to create a shared senior role in a bid to save money.
Gloucester City Council made the proposition to create a shared managing director and joint strategic commissioning director post with Gloucestershire County Council following the departure of two senior managers.
The dual role will be known as the managing director of Gloucester City Council and will also report to the chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council as a commissioning director.
If approved, the move is expected to save £100,000.
Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We already work closely together - this new way of working is simply the next step on this journey.
"The main differences will be behind the scenes where we can explore all the opportunities for joint working to improve services or make savings. There won’t be any immediate changes, either for residents or companies who do business with either council."
Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, added: "This new way of working will help Gloucester to ‘punch its weight’ at a senior level and enhance the city's influence within the county council."
Gloucester City Council members will be asked to comment on the plans at its next full meeting next week (20 November 2014).
If members agree to creating the post, recruitment will begin in December.