Bath council could scrap chief executive role

A council is considering a restructure which could leave it without a chief executive.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is attempting to reduce its management costs.

One option which will be considered at a meeting on Monday is not replacing the chief executive when he retires.

Current chief executive John Everitt earns £178,000 a year. He may retire in the autumn with his responsibilities given to other directors.

The three directors which would take on Mr Everitt's role would be split between briefs covering people, places and resources.

They would have "collective responsibility for the corporate management" of the authority.

The option will be discussed by the council's restructuring implementation committee.

In February, the then Conservative-run council said it needed to make cuts of £2.6m.

Since then, the Liberal Democrats have taken over the authority with the backing of Labour.

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