Caerphilly council 'has come a long way' - chief

South Wales Argus: Stuart Rosser Stuart Rosser

CAERPHILLY council’s interim chief executive gave a rallying speech to members at a meeting on Tuesday, saying the authority had come “a long way” in the past year.

Stuart Rosser praised the work of the makeshift senior management team, but said he would need to give “serious thought” to employing senior officers on a full-time basis.

Despite this, Mr Rosser recommended extending the contract of Sandra Aspinall as acting deputy chief executive and Nicole Scammell as acting director for corporate services for a further three months, which was approved by members.

Mr Rosser said this would give him time to evaluate the current arrangements in light of the news that three senior officers of the authority were recently charged by police.

Last month, the council’s chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan and his deputy Nigel Barnett were charged with misconduct in a public office. Daniel Perkins, the head of legal services, was also reported for summons. Avon and Somerset Police began investigating Mr O’Sullivan and Mr Barnett, currently suspended, after pay rises of up to 20 per cent were made to top council officers.

Mr Rosser, who will stay in his current position until July, said the complexity of the case meant court proceedings could exceed 12 months.He said: “Staff morale reached rock bottom 12 months ago, but we have come a long way. That’s not me being blasé – we have a long way to go.”

At the meeting, the council’s deputy leader, Keith Reynolds, said Mr Rosser had shown “refreshing honesty”, and Plaid councillor and Caerphilly AM Lindsay Whittle gave his full support to the interim chief continuing.

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11:31am Fri 14 Mar 14

Realist UK says...

Really Mr Rosser? Extending the contracts of two executives who have previously benefited from unlawful payouts is deemed as progress? I believe that there's more to be revealed during the trial of the 3 execs with more revelations of corruption. Mr Rosser retired from the authority in December 2010 and his successors inherited many of his legacies. The £156.000 surveillance contract that was awarded, outside procedure, to Conquest Surveillance of Blackwood being just one of them.
Really Mr Rosser? Extending the contracts of two executives who have previously benefited from unlawful payouts is deemed as progress? I believe that there's more to be revealed during the trial of the 3 execs with more revelations of corruption. Mr Rosser retired from the authority in December 2010 and his successors inherited many of his legacies. The £156.000 surveillance contract that was awarded, outside procedure, to Conquest Surveillance of Blackwood being just one of them. Realist UK
  • Score: 2

3:57pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Ecky24 says...

Dreadful council. Police investigations, excessive pay, awful handling of Cwmcarn school and noses in the troughs. This guy has his head in the clouds.
Dreadful council. Police investigations, excessive pay, awful handling of Cwmcarn school and noses in the troughs. This guy has his head in the clouds. Ecky24
  • Score: 4

11:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

westender says...

What is really needed is Mr Anthony O,Sullivan back at the helm.
RealistUK
You have accurately quoted the fee charged by Conquest, can you now quote for fullness and fairness the amount saved in fraudulent insurance claims, the amount saved by catching out persons claiming sick pay while fit to work?.
What is really needed is Mr Anthony O,Sullivan back at the helm. RealistUK You have accurately quoted the fee charged by Conquest, can you now quote for fullness and fairness the amount saved in fraudulent insurance claims, the amount saved by catching out persons claiming sick pay while fit to work?. westender
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