WILL COLIN HILTON AND PHIL HALSALL SURVIVE THE LATEST INVESTIGATION?
HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST THE PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL IN PAY OFFS?
WHEN IS ALL THIS NEGATIVE NEWS GOING TO END?
WHEN WILL SOMEONE PUT A STOP TO IT ALL AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL, AS ELECTED TO DO SO?
As usual all credit goes to the Daily Post for the story.
Future in the balance for senior council officials
THE two most senior officials at Liverpool City Council will today come under pressure as the future of their jobs is discussed by a powerful panel.
Chief executive Colin Hilton faces a call for his suspension from Labour leader Joe Anderson over alleged failings.
While finance and legal executive director Phil Halsall faces the deletion of his post and therefore possible redundancy.
Both matters will be presented to the council’s appointments and disciplinary panel this morning.
The proposal to delete the executive director for finance and legal position forms part of a restructure of the council’s executive management team by the chief executive.
The Daily Post understands Mr Hilton is also proposing to cancel the post of executive director of culture, media, and sport which fell vacant in January with the departure of Jason Harborow, who also had the dual role of chief executive of Liverpool Culture Company.
The plan, as described to the Daily Post, would see Mr Hilton take on some of Mr Halsall’s financial responsibilities, with a more junior member of staff taking up other duties.
Mr Hilton’s proposal to scrap Mr Halsall’s position came out of a review following the council being labelled the worst in the country, and is designed to give the chief executive greater management responsibility over financial affairs.
However, the idea to get rid of the post, which has its roots in the historic role of city treasurer, has caused some disquiet among sections of the council.
Last night, a senior source said: “I am surprised at the proposals which would consolidate enormous power in one person.
“It would make the chief executive more powerful than the leader of the council, and even a directly elected mayor.
“I would question the logic of getting rid of this position at one of the most trying times for the council in financial terms.”
Mr Halsall, who joined the council in 2000 from South Ribble which cov- ers Leyland and central Lancashire, last night declined to comment.
The Daily Post understands that any decision made today would have to be ratified by the full council before taking effect.
Meanwhile, the panel will make a decision on whether to sanction further investigation into Cllr Anderson’s complaints about Mr Hilton.
The complaints relate to an alleged failure to take action over two internal investigations.
The first was into the leaking of information to the Liverpool Evil Cabal blogsite, and the second was into the leaking of the medical condition of Mr Harborow.
A third complaint relates to the monitoring of Cllr Anderson’s telephone records, which he claims was authorised by Mr Hilton.