The former Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council, Chris Gay, has been chosen as the independent chairman of the commission that will formulate proposals for the structure of the council’s new committee system.
Mr Gay, who was Chief Executive for 24 years until his retirement in 1996, was appointed to the role by the current Chief Executive, Colin Carmichael. Explaining his decision, Colin Carmichael said:
“Chris has years of experience of working in a structure where decisions are taken by committees. He understands the way councils operate, the legal requirements we have to meet in reaching decisions and the importance of public input into the decision making process. He also still lives locally, so knows many of the issues the area faces, is not wedded to the idea of one particular system, which makes him open to different ideas, and is independent of all politics.
This all points to Chris being an ideal choice for this role and I’m very grateful to him for agreeing to take it on. Creating an entirely new committee structure is not straightforward, but it’s something we have to get right to ensure we continue to take decisions that are legally sound and in the district’s best interests for the future.”
Chris Gay said:
“I am happy to think that I may be able to help the city council by taking on this interesting task. My aim will be to work with the commission to look for a committee system which will have general support and will be recommended to the new slimmed-down council due to be elected next May.”
The commission Mr Gay will chair is made up of city councillors from the council’s Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour groups. Following investigations into different committee structure options, which will include opportunities for local people to give their views, the commission will produce a report and make recommendations on the final structure for the full council to decide on.
The first meeting of the commission will take place in public on Monday 8 September at the Guildhall in Canterbury, starting at 7.30pm. Details of forthcoming meetings and agendas will be on the council’s website in due course. Anyone who would like to give their views to the commission should register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01227 862332.
CCC website 2nd Sep 2014