Chief Executive Appointment Process

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Dear Slough Borough Council,

Please provide following information

1. Copy of advert for post of Council Chief Executive following approval by January 2017 Council meeting for recruitment process

2. Copy of recruitment timetable for post of Chief Executive of Council

3. If 1 and 2 not available, copy of executive decision for continued delay in recruitment process of Council Chief Executive and reasons for such delay

4. If 3 not available, details of Council approval for continued delay in recruitment process

5. Details of members to sit on appointment panel for post of Council Chief Executive.

Yours faithfully,

Mustafa Khan

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Janik2 left an annotation ()

An interesting topic especially as some claim the replacement will not be employed until October / November 2017.

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Hi

This is to acknowledge receipt of your FOI request which is receiving attention

Regards

SBC FOI Officer

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Dear Mustafa

 

Please find the response to your recent FOI request.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

 

 

 

Dear Slough Borough Council,

 

Please provide following information

 

1. Copy of advert for post of Council Chief Executive following approval
by January 2017 Council meeting for recruitment process

 

Attached is the recruitment Job Pack for the Chief Executive that was
approved Full Council.

 

2. Copy of recruitment timetable for post of Chief Executive of Council

 

Arrangements are still being finalised.

 

3. If 1 and 2 not available, copy of executive decision for continued
delay in recruitment process of Council Chief Executive and reasons for
such delay

 

The recruitment process has been delayed due to seeking advice on gaining
external support to the process to ensure the process is fair and
transparent

 

4. If 3 not available, details of Council approval for continued delay in
recruitment process as above

 

5. Details of members to sit on appointment panel for post of Council
Chief Executive.

 

The Appointments sub committee will be appointed by the Employment and
Appeals Committee.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mustafa Khan

 

 

 

 

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Slough Witch left an annotation ()

The authority has failed to answer Mr Khan's FOI, apparently in the interests of 'transparency'. Astonishing...

Dear Slough Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Slough Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Chief Executive Appointment Process'.

You have not answered my questions. It does not take 5 months to set up a recruitment process. If it has taken the Council this long it had to provide an explanation for the delay, this is what my Foi was asking for.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Mustafa Khan

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

This is to acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention

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_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Dear Mustafa

Your request has been reviewed and I have been asked to respond as follows:

HR have confirmed that the approval to recruit a Chief Executive has been made. However at this time no timetable is available as the Council is now in the process of taking advice on external support for the whole process. That is the actual and true position still at today’s date.

We are therefore not able to provide any further information at this moment in time as it does not yet exist.

Kind regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Slough Witch left an annotation ()

The advert is dated February 2017. That is three months ago and five months since the previous chief executive resigned. How can it take so long?

Either the council's HR team is hopelessly incompetent or there is something more sinister going on. Either way, there needs to be some formal intervention by central government.

This is a unitary authority for goodness sake, not a thru-penny bit one man band. They should be setting the standard for other employers in the borough.

Dear _Freedom of Information,

You have not answered my question. Who has approved the delay of 4 month and where is a record of that decision?. What advice needs to be taken to put an advert out? Agents to advertise do not need a full tendering procurement exercise.

Why has the decision of full council of January 2017 not been respected?

Yours sincerely,

Mustafa Khan

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Dear Mustafa

 

Although the decision to go ahead with the process of recruitment and
selection of a Chief Executive was approved in January, this was not
subject to any specific timescales.

Members wanted to ensure that a sound process was in place, which involved
revising the whole process for this role.  Together with ensuring a period
of stability for the organisation and thus being able to make Slough a
more attractive organisation for prospective candidates. 

The council has chosen to work with an external recruitment agency to
ensure they have a robust and transparent process for securing the next
Chief Executive and the process to appoint that agency has begun.  Once
the agency has been appointed then a timescale will follow.    

There is no further recorded information which can be supplied to you at
this time.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Mustafa Khan left an annotation ()

Does it taken any one 6 months to appoint a recruitment agency? If it does how long will it take to advertise?

Why did the council pay off its chief executive so quickly if they are still unstable. They are unstable because they have no leadership.

Dear _Freedom of Information,

Please provide written evidence of the information you have set out in the review email. Which members and where is a copy of their decision.

Yours sincerely,

Mustafa Khan

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

The decision would have been taken by the cabinet, please see the response
below.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

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Slough Times 01753-511911 left an annotation ()

Dear _Freedom of Information,

There is no decision of cabinet attached. Cabinet cannot appoint the chief executive so why are they making decisions on something they have no authority on.

Yours sincerely,

Mustafa Khan

Mustafa Khan left an annotation ()

Paid off a chief executive so Council could move forward with a recruitment of new and still no advert. No leadership at council, run by interims and expensive counsultants. Linda Walker paid £100k in one year for being a monitoring officer and treating the public with disrespect. Well done Slough, great way to spend our money.

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Mr Khan

The FOI process can only provide recorded data.
I have attached above minutes which include the Appointment Process for Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service).

If you remain unhappy with the response to this FOI request then you have the option of discussing this matter with the ICO.

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Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Slough Witch left an annotation ()

Has the job been advertised yet? I quite fancy my chances...

Slough Witch left an annotation ()

It looks like someone might get the job on a (biscuit) plate.

Slough Swan left an annotation ()

All of us at this calm and peaceful lakeside wonder how soggy the biscuit will become in the next few weeks. What future for a limp disintegrating biscuit when the revelation by the landing strip is digested? Mr Sparrow, hope you are OK after your nasty bump.

Rob Phillips left an annotation ()

This is as usual an opaque process that is the norm for SBC
They are a law to themselves. Delaying the process allows for extortionate fees to be paid out on consultants
There is no transparency at SBC and the people at the top relish our ignorance.
I have personally experienced their lies and confidence tricks employed at a personal level .
The issues around Slough Unitary Authority have been going on from decades.
Things will change because the public have got wise to the
Tricks employed by local governments to save a few quid.
And the resulting Grenfell Towers Incident shows that there needs to be immediate accountability from National Government
To hold the Councils to account in terms of finacial irregularities and transparency in the way out local Government is run.
However there is equal impotence in our National Government.
Since the introduction of Council Tax funding local government has acted without any accountability to
Anyone wether in Government or as individuals
Phantom tenant ghost properties and persecution of innocents seems to be Slough's stock in trade.
There needs to be a really big clear out of incumbent
Management or Slough but unfortunately I don't see it happening soon .
They appear to be holding all the cards for now.

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