Senior officer pay
Senior council staff
Elected councillors (referred to as Members) decide on the key policies of the council. Paid employees (referred to as council officers) put those policies into practice and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council’s business.
The council employs 430 staff including refuse collectors, planners, environmental health officers and many others responsible for a wide range of services for the local community. By law, senior council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political promotion and are expected to advise and assist all councillors.
The Chief Executive
The current Chief Executive is Andrew Muter whose appointment began in January 2007. The Chief Executive is the senior officer who leads and takes responsibility for the work of the paid staff of the council.
The role of Chief Executive is a full time appointment. Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement. The decision about who is appointed is made by the whole council on the advice of an interview panel of councillors.
As head of the paid service, the Chief Executive works closely with elected members to deliver:
Leadership: working with elected members to ensure strong and visible leadership and direction, encouraging and enabling managers to motivate and inspire their teams
Strategic Direction: ensuring all staff understand and adhere to the strategic aims of the organisation and follow the direction set by the elected members
Policy Advice: acting as the principal policy adviser to the elected members of the Council to lead the development of workable strategies which will deliver the political objectives set by the councillors
Partnerships: leading and developing strong partnerships across the local community to achieve improved outcomes and better public services for local people
Operational Management: overseeing financial and performance management, risk management, people management and change management within the council.
Contact details for Andrew Muter
Deputy Chief Executive
The council’s Deputy Chief Executive is Kirsty Cole. She has worked for the council since 1982 . As well as deputising for the Chief Executive, she has responsibility for change and major development projects within the council.
In her role as the council’s monitoring officer she ensures that the council acts lawfully.
Contact details for Kirsty Cole
The council currently has five directors who each have specific responsibilities. These are: Resources, Customers, Safety, Growth, and Community.
Further details about the Directors and their responsibilities.
Each year we publish information on the number of employees whose remuneration was £50,000 or more.