Wiltshire Council has delayed making a final decision whether to scrap the post of its chief executive, Andrew Kerr, until Thursday October 6.
That’s when the council’s cabinet will consider a proposal to reduce the council’s senior management costs by a further £500,000, the austerity cuts to include the proposed deletion of the chief executive post as well as one of its corporate director posts.
This would reduce the number of the council’s corporate directors to just three and leave it without a figurehead.
Wednesday this week was the deadline for the consultation process on the controversial proposals. Now all the feedback and views received will be considered as part of the report to cabinet next month.
Jane Scott, leader of the Tory-controlled council, told Marlborough News Online: “The date of the special cabinet meeting allows time for all the feedback and any alternative proposals to be given full consideration to assist me and my cabinet to make a decision on the future senior management structure for Wiltshire Council.”
“We are very keen to consider the proposal as soon as possible but recognise that there is a process to follow and time had to be allocated to consider the responses as part of the consultation on this.”