Worcestershire County Council chief exec will get £151k salary

Worcester News: RETIRING: Trish Haines. RETIRING: Trish Haines.

THE official hunt for Trish Haines’ replacement has kicked off - with Worcestershire County Councll looking for a new chief executive.

A large advert has been produced by County Hall in a bid to get a new boss in place by the spring.

The pay will start at £151,000 - £25,000 below Mrs Haines’ current salary - but rise to reach a maximum of £170,000 by around 2019.

Your Worcester News can also reveal considerable developments have been going on in recent weeks, including:

- The council’s Conservative leadership would prefer someone with major commercial experience to take it on for the first time ever

- Several inquiries have already been made from current district council chief executives or managing directors looking to make the step up

- Private sector workers have also been in contact, as well as unhappy chief executives from county councils looking to move across the country

The advert, which has appeared in The Guardian, says the new boss will have to take “a proactive approach to the unprecedented funding challenge” facing the council.

It also talks about managing a “much leaner workforce” and using “commercial know how” to make quick decisions.

The county council needs to slash £98m from spending by 2017 to cope with massive funding reductions, with at least 600 jobs being cut.

It is also intent on handing over services to outside bodies, known as commissioning, to save money.

Mrs Haines, 58, is taking early retirement in the spring, aged 58, because the Conservatives wanted someone to commit to the long term.

The Tories were worried that if she went at 60, it would be right in the middle of plans to make huge cuts and outsource.

The pay for the new chief executive has been criticised by Labour, which says the savings are not large enough.

Mrs Haines’ early departure meant £95,000 had to be added to the council’s pension fund.

Councillor Peter McDonald, Labour group leader, said: “The council is fast losing the confidence of the people we were elected to serve.

“The days of big salaries in excess of the Prime Minister are outdated - it shows utter contempt for the people of this county who are struggling to cope in these unprecedented hard times.”

But the Tories say Mrs Haines’ old pay scale entitled her to climb to £183,725 within the same period, and that the new salary needs to be realistic.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader, said: “It should be an attractive job and we’ve had quite a lot of enquiries already, including a fair bit of interest from the private sector.

“Commercial experience will be the key, we need someone who can think differently from the traditional local government model.

“We are looking for candidates with a strong economic development background.”

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7:13am Thu 19 Dec 13

green49 says...

One of the reasons given for Mrs Haines’ early departure was in order to help the council save money.

Do Not replace her that will save more money,its a figure head position anyway.

Heres a little note on Ms Haines, SHE made the decision to take away the funding for the Maggs center in Worcester as she didnt think it was warrented, NOW she has a Christmas cake up for raffle at County Hall for £2 a ticket and proceeds to the Maggs center, hypocrite or what,
Just shows how out of touch she is with the work she is supposed to be in charge of.
I heard it was on advice she went as she made so many c*** *** that it was best she moved on??? when she was asked questions at her held meet Trish get togethers she was found to be short of answers because she didnt know, and she didnt even know what departments she had.
One of the reasons given for Mrs Haines’ early departure was in order to help the council save money. Do Not replace her that will save more money,its a figure head position anyway. Heres a little note on Ms Haines, SHE made the decision to take away the funding for the Maggs center in Worcester as she didnt think it was warrented, NOW she has a Christmas cake up for raffle at County Hall for £2 a ticket and proceeds to the Maggs center, hypocrite or what, Just shows how out of touch she is with the work she is supposed to be in charge of. I heard it was on advice she went as she made so many c*** *** that it was best she moved on??? when she was asked questions at her held meet Trish get togethers she was found to be short of answers because she didnt know, and she didnt even know what departments she had. green49

7:16am Thu 19 Dec 13

green49 says...

If there is a much leaner workforce then will we see a reduction in council tax if things are going to be cheaper???

Pigs will fly first.
If there is a much leaner workforce then will we see a reduction in council tax if things are going to be cheaper??? Pigs will fly first. green49

8:31am Thu 19 Dec 13

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

The problem of the high salary paid to the CEO of Worcestershire is not necessarily the fault of WCC. In the great scheme of things CEO's of local councils (town clerks in my day) have seen their salaries raised to absurd levels by a comparison to "equivalent" roles in the private sector, allegedly to recruit the most able for the job. This concept is preposterous - how many CEO's from the private sector have become CEO's of local councils (or vice-versa). The comparison in it's simplest form takes the number of staff and turnover in a local council and compares this to an equivalent sized company - looks at the salary paid to the company CEO and there you have your council salary! But it's not just the CEO of WCC that is paid a high salary - just look at the "management" team that "supports" the CEO post - all on salary levels near that of the PM! And all of them came from the ranks of local councils.
The problem of the high salary paid to the CEO of Worcestershire is not necessarily the fault of WCC. In the great scheme of things CEO's of local councils (town clerks in my day) have seen their salaries raised to absurd levels by a comparison to "equivalent" roles in the private sector, allegedly to recruit the most able for the job. This concept is preposterous - how many CEO's from the private sector have become CEO's of local councils (or vice-versa). The comparison in it's simplest form takes the number of staff and turnover in a local council and compares this to an equivalent sized company - looks at the salary paid to the company CEO and there you have your council salary! But it's not just the CEO of WCC that is paid a high salary - just look at the "management" team that "supports" the CEO post - all on salary levels near that of the PM! And all of them came from the ranks of local councils. imustbeoldiwearacap

8:40am Thu 19 Dec 13

Frustrated_PM says...

The position is officially documented at £171k, and its going through a agency with a 12% commission policy..so it is in fact costing the tax payer MORE money.
Meanwhile at the bottom of the ladder staff are in consultation to have their salaries cut by 20% over the next 3 years.
Lets just say morale is extremely low at the moment
The position is officially documented at £171k, and its going through a agency with a 12% commission policy..so it is in fact costing the tax payer MORE money. Meanwhile at the bottom of the ladder staff are in consultation to have their salaries cut by 20% over the next 3 years. Lets just say morale is extremely low at the moment Frustrated_PM

9:15am Thu 19 Dec 13

MJI says...

Totally ridiculous
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They should legally cap these salaries at less than a ministers.
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Running a country is more important than running a councl.
Totally ridiculous . They should legally cap these salaries at less than a ministers. . Running a country is more important than running a councl. MJI

9:18am Thu 19 Dec 13

CJH says...

"Top job salary still more than what the PM gets!" Who on earth wrote this headline? Get rid of that 'what' for goodness sake!
"Top job salary still more than what the PM gets!" Who on earth wrote this headline? Get rid of that 'what' for goodness sake! CJH

11:36am Thu 19 Dec 13

Fishy says...

You can hardly compare Ms Haines' salary to the PM's. He gets a house thrown in for goodness sake.
You can hardly compare Ms Haines' salary to the PM's. He gets a house thrown in for goodness sake. Fishy

1:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

brooksider says...

So much for Simon Geraghty's claims about saving money.
Yet another example of incompetence from Worcestershire County Council's leadership
So much for Simon Geraghty's claims about saving money. Yet another example of incompetence from Worcestershire County Council's leadership brooksider

3:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Spetchley Dave says...

Fishy wrote:
You can hardly compare Ms Haines' salary to the PM's. He gets a house thrown in for goodness sake.
Two houses! Plus all of the expenses he can claim on top.

Comparing an MPs salary to any other positions (doctors etc) is not a useful and representative exercise.
[quote][p][bold]Fishy[/bold] wrote: You can hardly compare Ms Haines' salary to the PM's. He gets a house thrown in for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]Two houses! Plus all of the expenses he can claim on top. Comparing an MPs salary to any other positions (doctors etc) is not a useful and representative exercise. Spetchley Dave

4:11pm Thu 19 Dec 13

MJI says...

Fishy wrote:
You can hardly compare Ms Haines' salary to the PM's. He gets a house thrown in for goodness sake.
Yes but he runs the country not just Worcestershire.
[quote][p][bold]Fishy[/bold] wrote: You can hardly compare Ms Haines' salary to the PM's. He gets a house thrown in for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]Yes but he runs the country not just Worcestershire. MJI

9:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

paulchandbrush says...

Did the previous person not get an large contribution to their pension fund that was NOT a requirement still the rest of us can pay.just cut a few more services.
Did the previous person not get an large contribution to their pension fund that was NOT a requirement still the rest of us can pay.just cut a few more services. paulchandbrush
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