£35k manager to scrutinise North East Lincolnshire Council
A NEW £35,000-a-year-plus council manager has been appointed to help councillors hold the ruling executive to account.
Stephen McGrath, North East Lincolnshire Council’s new scrutiny and improvement manager, was introduced to members at the safer and stronger communities scrutiny panel last week.
The post was created in April as part of a restructure of the council’s strategic support services, but was not filled until the beginning of this month, following an external recruitment process.
A council spokesman said the salary for the post fell within the £35,000 to £40,000 bracket.
Mr McGrath’s role will involve working with all 42 councillors to ensure the council has effective challenge to its executive - as required by law - and overseeing the council’s business planning and performance management functions.
He will work alongside the existing scrutiny officers, who are responsible for managing the day-to-day work of the scrutiny panels.
Some of his responsibilities were previously undertaken by the performance and improvement manager, a role axed as part of the review in April.
The spokesman added that the review had created a more efficient structure which had so far resulted in a 28 per cent saving.