Top council role to stay vacant for now

Beverley Jolly
Beverley Jolly

The position of chief executive at Harborough Council is to remain vacant for the time being.

The council’s chief executive Anna Graves leaves the authority this week to take up the top role at two councils in Norfolk and Lincolnshire .

During a full council meeting members agreed a new structure that will see the chief executive role will remain vacant in the interim.

A council spokesman said: “Full council decided on April 7 that the post would not be filled in the interim, with the chief executive responsibilities being carried out by the council’s two corporate directors, Beverley Jolly and Norman Proudfoot, with effect from April 22.”

The approach will save the council money but some critics argue it leaves a void at the head of the paid service.

Others suspect the interim tag could easily drift into being permanent.

According to the most recent set of Harborough Council’s accounts, the overall remuneration package for Ms Graves was listed as £115,815 last year.

This included £98,480 for salary, fees and allowances.

It included a further £1,742 expenses and £15,593 in pension contributions.

No date has been given for when the interim period will end or be reviewed.

Mr Proudfoot, who has been with the council since 1996, is the council’s corporate director for community services.

Beverley Jolly is the authority’s corporate director for resources.